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 feature Luke Pearson as Orator and Rhianna Patrick (ABC Radio) as Host. Musical acts to be announced.

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.


Luke PearsonOrator: Luke Pearson

Founder & CEO
Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man, who founded @IndigenousX in 2012. Luke has worked as a teacher, mentor, counsellor, public speaker, collaborator, mediator, facilitator, events manager, researcher, evaluator, reporter and much more. Luke's passion for IndigenousX stems from his belief in the need to improve Indigenous media representation in Australia and to have a platform for individuals to tell their own stories in their own words.


Rhianna Patrick

Host: Rhianna Patrick

Rhianna Patrick is Torres Strait Islander woman with 20+ years as a media professional. She's worked across Indigenous media, radio, television documentaries and news. Rhianna currently presents a Sunday night programme on ABC Radio, which is broadcast nationally out of Brisbane.




2 Za CrowdPerforming Artist: 2 Za Crowd

2 Za Crowd combine unique song selection with faultless vocal harmonies providing the quintessential entertainment experience for a diverse audience. The experienced Indigenous performers deliver their innovative interpretations of classic hits, memories and current bangers in almost every genre. From rock, soul, folk, reggae, country, pop jazz, world and R&B, all personal tastes are accounted for as no musical stone is left unturned. If you’re ready to relax and chill, singalong and engage or dance and party, 2 Za Crowd are ready for you. 



The Ancient Bloods

Performing Artist: The Ancient Bloods

The Ancient Bloods are an interchanging band that delivers music projects as part of Digi Youth Arts mentoring platform for Indigenous young people. In 2018, they released their first album Golden Veins as part of the critically acclaimed unsettle project run by Digi Youth Arts at the Queensland Museum. Currently, the second iteration of The Ancient Bloods are working on new music in response to country and place in Brisbane. With each project, The Ancient Bloods will deliver a recorded work adding to an anthology that responds to political issues, cultural heritage and identity.



Photo of Eddie Mabo: Jim McEwan

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Presented by Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland and QPAC

Pricing Guide

Admission Adult $30 Concession^ $20

^Concession and pension card holders

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