Mabo Oration 2017

Date: 28/08/2017

Eddie Mabo Photo by Jim McEwanThe Mabo Oration is a biennial event presented by the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland and QPAC. It celebrates and pays tribute to Eddie Mabo and the landmark High Court decision which legally recognised that Indigenous people had a special relationship to the land that existed prior to colonisation.

This year, the Oration will take the form of a question and answer panel discussion featuring prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as native title experts. Join Professor Tom Calma AO, Dr Dawn Casey, Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, Jayde Geia and Vonda Malone as they pay tribute to the work of Eddie Mabo and discuss our progress towards Indigenous recognition, human rights, and reconciliation.

  • Date: Monday, 28th August 2017
  • Location: The Playhouse, Corner of Grey St and Melbourne St, South Brisbane
  • Time: Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm for a 6pm start.
  • Tickets for the Mabo Oration are $30 and can be purchased online at QPAC or phone 136 246

About Eddie Mabo:

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.

Proudly supported by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Queensland Government.

Presented by Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland and Queensland Performing Arts Centre