Fabricating reconciliation : Howard's forgettable speech

Woods, Annette & Martin, Gregory (2010) Fabricating reconciliation : Howard's forgettable speech. In The Havoc of Capitalism : Publics, Pedagogies and Environmental Crisis. Sense Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 131-156.

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In this chapter, John Howard’s policy speech to The Sydney Institute, a conservative think tank, on October 11, 2007 as the Australian Prime Minister of the day, is analysed within the frame of discourse analysis to make visible how the speech works in old ways to dress up neoliberal policy as new and reformist. Taking centre stage, Howard pointed to concrete steps undertaken to achieve what he called a “new reconciliation.” This cynical manoeuvre, which put reconciliation back onto the election agenda (after it was earlier derided for its divisive and muddle headed symbolism), constituted a “neoliberal quickstep” (Reiger, 2006) or quickfix of sorts. The speech was also used as a place to reintroduce the Northern Territory Intervention, which at the time was purported to be a response to child abuse and Indigenous community dysfunction.

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ID Code: 26072
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: discourse analysis, Indigenous education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Sense Publishers
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2009 00:38
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 05:14

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