Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Court High Court of Australia

Full case name Mabo and Another v The State of Queensland and Another

Date decided December 8, 1988

Citations (1988) 166 CLR 186, [1988] HCA 69

Judges sitting Mason CJ, Wilson, Brennan, Deane, Dawson Toohey & Gaudron JJ

Case history

Prior actions none

Subsequent actions Mabo v Queensland (No 2)

Case opinions

 The demurrer would be allowed (per Brennan, Deane, Toohey & Gaudron JJ)

 The Coast Islands Act was inconsistent with s10 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and was thus invalid

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