Debtscape: Australia's Constitutional Nomopoly

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This article reveals the central role played by the Australian constitution in producing the Australian debtscape through the establishment and maintenance of a colonial nomopoly. Australia’s colonial law is foundationally premised upon violent acts of invasion of Indigenous land and water, and because this continues without consent, the colonial state uses its monopoly of violence to manufacture consent through law for two main reasons: the first is to generate retrospective exculpation for historical wrongs and economic theft (the debtscape) and the second is to establish consent frameworks to provide cover for future exploitation and theft (the colonial nomopoly).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-136
Number of pages21
JournalBorderlands E-Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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  • debtscape
  • Australian Constitution
  • Sovereignty
  • colonialism


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