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Title: Liberalism, settler colonialism and the Northern Territory Intervention
Author: Lovell, Melissa E.
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Publication date: 2012
Description / Abstract: "The Northern Territory Intervention was controversial because many of the rights, liberties, and processes typically understood as essential elements of liberal government were waived in favour of coercive, disciplinary, and authoritarian strategies of government. In this dissertation I analyse the content of parliamentary debates, political speeches and government reports to develop an understanding of the discursive and rhetorical context in which these interventionist and authoritarian strategies came to be seen as essential to the protection of Aboriginal children's safety and wellbeing. I draw on two analytical perspectives - settler colonialism and liberal governmentality - to argue that both colonial and neoliberal politics contributed to a view of Aboriginal people as dysfunctional and incapable of self-discipline and self-government. I argue that this perception of Aboriginal people played an important role in the justification of authoritarian and coercive policies in remote Aboriginal communities. Whereas conventional perspectives on liberal politics focus on the liberal commitment to securing liberty and human dignity, my analysis of the NTI illustrates the intimate relationship between liberal and authoritarian politics."
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Physical Description: viii, 206 pages ; 30 cm.
Series: Thesis (Ph. D.) - Australian National University
Language: English
Subject: Aboriginal Australians
Public Welfare
Intervention (Federal government)
Government policy
Social conditions
Politics and government
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