Waltzing Matilda: A Semiotic Reading of Wik

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Title Waltzing Matilda: A Semiotic Reading of Wik
Author Tranter, Kieran Mark
Journal Name Law in Context
Editor Oliver Mendelsohn
Year Published 1998
Place of publication Leichhardt
Publisher Federation Press
Abstract Drawing upon the work of Peter Goodrich, this article undertakes a semiotic reading of Justice Michael Kirby's judgment in the High Court's decision in Wik Peoples v Queensland (1996). It attempts to read the judgment from within the common law tradition. What is revealed is a way of travelling and a symbolic order removed from the established symbols of Australian colonialism. The common law declares itself sovereign. In exploring a way across the post-Mabo legal landscape it institutes a new colonialism, mapping and subjugating the old colonial order.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://digital.federationpress.com.au/3aj4a/9a4fq/toc
Copyright Statement Copyright 1998 Federation Press. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 16
Issue Number 2
Page from 49
Page to 71
ISSN 08115796
Date Accessioned 2006-06-26
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Law School
Subject PRE2009-Law and Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34033
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1x

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