‘Media, Machines and Might: Reproducing Western Australia’s Violent State of Aboriginal Protection’
Presented by: Dr Thor Kerr and Dr Shaphan Cox
How does state violence against Aboriginal bodies occur with such frequency and impunity? This paper tries to answer the question by demonstrating how such violence has been reproduced in recent years in the space of Western Australia through mutually-reinforcing relations of financial interest. Through an analysis of texts produced by Western Australia’s largest commercial media organisation, Seven West Media, compared with alternative sources, this paper demonstrates how the function of private capital accumulation in state violence against sovereign Aboriginal people has remained largely hidden in public view, enabling the violence to proceed unchallenged through discourses of private capital accumulation and public Aboriginal protection.