Mabo Oration 2013

Date: 21/07/2013

The 5th  Mabo Oration will be held at the QPAC Playhouse on Sunday 21 July 2013.

Aboriginal Sovereignty - Redefining native title as the inalienable right to hold and develop our lands, territories and resources.

Eddie MaboJoin speaker Les Malezer, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia's First People, to pay tribute to the work of Eddie Mabo and examine current issues facing Australia's First Nations' Peoples.

Koiki ('Eddie') Mabo was a crusader for Indigenous land rights: fighting and winning a ten-year legal battle with the Queensland Government in the High Court of Australia in 1992. As a result of this court ruling, the proposition known as Terra Nullius was struck down and Koiki became an icon in the struggle for recognition and land rights by the Indigenous peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait. He died shortly before the High Court brought down its verdict.

Les Malezer is from the Butchulla/Gubbi Gubbi peoples in southeast Queensland. He has extensive experience in campaigning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and has represented community interests at local, state, national and international levels. In 2008 he won the Australian Human Rights Award and his contribution to coordinating Indigenous Peoples' advocacy for the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly is well known and respected.

The Mabo Oration 2013 will also include commentary by Frank Brennan and a performance by Brisbane local and Triple J Unearthed artist Thelma Plum.

QBA ACCREDITATION = 1.5 CPD POINTS IN NON-ALLOCATED STRAND. The event will be signed by Auslan interpreters.

Tickets for the Mabo Oration are $20 and can be purchased via QPAC or phone 136 246

Photo of Eddie Mabo: Jim McEwan