Barbara Holborow (1930–2012) served for 12 years as a magistrate in the Children's Court, where her compassion and outspokenness were legendary – perhaps because of her own beginnings.
It is 1993. Dr John Hewson exclaims to the Parliament that the passing of the 'Mabo Bill’ will be a day of shame for Australia.
This clip introduces Murray Island in the Torres Strait and some of the plaintiffs involved in the claim for native title over the island – James Rice, Father Dave Passi and Koiki 'Eddie’ Mabo.
John Howard responds to the High Court’s decision on the native title of the Wik and Thayorre peoples in Wik Peoples v Queensland (1996) 141 ALR 129.
Peter Yu of the Yawuru and Bunuba, Kimberley Land Council, talks about Indigenous relationship to land and the High Court decision in Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1.
Professor Garth Nettheim presents historic background to the Murray Island case accompanied by footage of the Torres Strait Islands. Summary by Liz McNiven.
The clip begins with a black-and-white photograph of the Murray Island Courthouse taken in November 1898.