The 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 host Stan Grant, and panellists Professor Tom Calma AODr 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. 

Please note that Dr Dawn Casey is no longer able to participate as a panellist for The Mabo Oration – 25th Anniversary

Guest Artist Sue Ray

Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

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.  

Photo of Eddie Mabo: Jim McEwan

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Stan Grant

Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC

Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA

Jayde Geia

Professor Tom Calma

Vonda Malone

Sue Ray