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    A blue wristband view of history: the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee and the illusion of postcolonial Australia

    Keenan, Sarah (2009) A blue wristband view of history: the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee and the illusion of postcolonial Australia. Alternative Law Journal 34 , pp. 248-252. ISSN 1037-969X.

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    Abstract

    This article interrogates Australia’s “post-coloniality” in light of the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee and its legal and political aftermath. While Prime Minister Rudd recently called for an end to the history wars, and while liberal reformist measures such as anti-discrimination laws and native title rights support the illusion that Australia has now reached a point in its history where it has meaningfully departed from its colonial past, the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee and the police reaction to it suggest that Australia today is still very much a colonial place. The article argues that what is emerging is a “blue wristband” view of history which denies the existence of colonial power relations today while actively reproducing them.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Sarah Keenan
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2015 10:17
    Last Modified: 11 Aug 2015 12:19
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12357

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