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Unsettling Australia: Wormholes in Territorial Governance
Unsettling Australia: Wormholes in territorial governance

Those people … who having fertile countries, disdain to cultivate the earth and choose rather to live by rapine, are wanting to themselves, and deserve to be exterminated as savage and pernicious beasts. (Emmerich de Vattel, 1916/1760: 37)

It is obviously more difficult to shoot noble savages than people who were no better than animals, who roved over the landscape like so much nuisance fauna. (Noel Pearson, Director Cape York Land Council, 1993a)

First Encounters

On 22 August 1770, 12,000 miles from home, Captain James Cook planted a Union Jack on a small island in the Torres Strait off the northern tip of a land mass then known in Europe as New Holland. This gesture, on the ...

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