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First Nations all-stars making a difference in Queensland corrections

Today is Mabo Day and we join in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the historic Native Title claim led by Eddie Koiki Mabo and the Meriam people.


On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia overturned the legal concept of ‘terra nullius’ or ‘land belonging to no-one’, which had deprived Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of their rights to lands and removed the claims that white settlers ‘owned’ the land. 


The Australian Government claimed that no-one had ownership of the country prior to its colonisation in 1788.


During National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June), First Nations people help all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.


As National Reconciliation Week ends, First Nations people celebrate Mabo Day and the long overdue recognition that was finally paid to them.


It is a time to reflect on the efforts of those who have come before us and to look to the future.


In this Queensland Corrective Services All-Stars podcast, Cultural Liaison Officer Michelle Hegarty and Correctional Supervisor Ned Stephen reflect on the difference they are making as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in corrections.