Race, Australian Colonialism and Technologies of Mobility in Kalgoorlie
- The University of Western Australia
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- University of Western Australia Law Review, 2019, 45 (2), pp. 99 - 135
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This article argues that the legal texts that record the death of Indigenous boy Elijah Doughty in a reserve in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 2016 highlights the intersections of technologies of mobility within the Australian colonial project. Elijah died when the small motorcycle he was riding was run over by a large utility vehicle driven by the non-Indigenous assailant, ‘WSM’. This occurred within a wider social media centred context of racist anxieties and hate speech directed towards Indigenous children being in public and mobile around Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Elijah’s death and the subsequent legal reactions, to Indigenous protests, to the endurance of social media racist hate speech directed to Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Indigenous children, to determining the location of the trial and who can speak at the trial, to the concern and pity expressed towards ‘WSM’, shows how technologies of mobility, reinstate and bolster colonial mobilities and their destructive effects on Indigenous people.
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