Rather than freedom of speech, I will focus on freedom of broadcast as an essential element of clean democracy as one of the five speakers at the Bersih5 event in Perth. My talk will review recent discussion in Australia on racism, the power of establishment media and the challenge to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. What can the Bersih movement learn from contemporary Australian experience?
In March 2016, I was preselected to stand as the Greens candidate for the seat of Tangney in the federal election. Click here to view a video of my speech at the campaign launch event, which was chaired by my colleague and writer Liz Bryski. Senator Scott Ludlum also spoke in support of the campaign, which was welcomed to Whadjuk Nyoongar Country by Preston Culbong.
I will present the following paper, co-authored with Dr Shaphan Cox, at the Curtin Indigenous Research Network (CIRN) lecture series. By RSVP, this talk is open to anyone interested in research on the relation between media, resource-extraction and state violence against Aboriginal people. A PDF of the paper, published by Somatechnics Journal at University of Edinburgh, is available on request.
‘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.
In this session at the Perth Writers Festival, Hyeonseo Lee , Masha Gessen, Thor Kerr and Janet will talk to Krishna Sen about censorship.
The Go Between, In Between: Borders of Belonging conference was organized by The Australian Studies Centre at the University of Barcelona, Spain, The Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, The Centre for Peace and Social Justice of Southern Cross University, Australia, and The Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, University of Tasmania. As part of a Curtin University panel dealing with negotiating belonging in the Cultural Struggle of Australia, I presented a paper co-authored with Dr Shaphan Cox titled 'Border security in settler publics: Confinement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples'. Our research is expected to be published in late 2016 or early 2017.