Native Title Act 1993

1992 – The landmark Mabo case concludes in the High Court, recognizing native title in Australia for the first time. The High Court rejects the doctrine of terra nullius - “land belonging to nobody”.

1993 – In response to the Mabo judgment, the Parliament of Australia enacts the Native Title Act. The National Native Title Tribunal is set up to make native title determinations.


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