Celebrate International Museum Day with free entry to Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

26 May 2017

To commemorate the historic Mabo High Court judgment, Queensland Museum is holding a special lecture to reflect on the journey so far, and the path still to be travelled.

CEO and Director of the Queensland Museum Network Professor Suzanne Miller said it had been twenty five years since the decision was made in the landmark case led by Eddie Koiki Mabo, and it was important for Queenslanders to recognise this milestone in Australian history.

“Eddie Koiki Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander man who challenged the Australian laws on land ownership and campaigned to change them,” Professor Miller said.

Kevin Smith, CEO of Queensland South Native Title Services, will discuss the brief history of the social, legal and political implications of the Mabo High Court judgment over the past 25 years, and share predictions on future trends.

Mr Smith said legal recognition of traditional rights and interests in land and waters is by no means the panacea of many chronic contemporary issues facing Aboriginal People, but it can be a powerful, practical and symbolic tool in both healing the past and strengthening the future.

“To me, when you work in native title, you work in an area that is both peace-making and future-forging; I can’t think of a greater honour to make a contribution.”

Each year, Mabo Day commemorates the decision by the High Court of Australia in 1992 that overturned the legal principle of terra nullius, thereby recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have rights to the land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today.

This special lecture is a collaborative initiative of Queensland Museum Network and SEQ Mabo Day Steering Committee.

Event details
5:30pm for 6pm
Monday 29 May 2017
Theatre, Level 2, Queensland Museum, corner Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane
Tickets are free, but with limited seating bookings are essential
RSVP by Thursday 25 May 2017 via email to MaboLecture@qm.qld.gov.au

About the speaker, Kevin Smith
Kevin is a descendant of the Meriam Peoples of the Torres Strait with traditional connections to Ugar (Stephen Island) and Erub (Darnley Island). Kevin has over 20 years of professional experience in Indigenous affairs, including senior positions with the National Secretariat of Torres Strait Islander Organisations, the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, the National Native Title Tribunal, the National Native Title Council and Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL).

In 2008, Kevin successfully led the amalgamation and incorporation of the former Gurang and Greater Mount Isa Native Title Representative Body areas into Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS). Kevin holds qualifications in both law and business management from the University of Queensland. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1994.

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