The princess and the protestors: The 1972 Larrakia petition and discourses of failure in Aboriginal protest

Aboriginal Studies Press
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Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations?: 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments, 2019, 1st, pp. 37-56
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I then analyse the selected media, focusing on how it represents and discusses Aboriginal agency, and on the framing of stories, the discourses called upon, and deep narratives that emerge. I argue that the majority of the news reporting studied assumed that Aboriginal protest aiming for policy change would fail, was potentially naïve, often disorganised, and even pitiable. In general, it takes for granted the legitimacy of the royals’ position and the process of Australia’s settlement, and assumes that Aboriginal peoples will be assimilated into mainstream Australian society. This point is reinforced by its differences from some of the local Darwin coverage in the Northern Territory News: the latter, by contrast, entertains the legitimacy of Aboriginal claims to land, and the potential of Aboriginal protest.
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