Sentenced to discrimination: Language as a weapon of state

Sentenced to discrimination: Language as a weapon of state Journal Article

The Griffith Review

  • Author(s): Grimmer, Raelk
  • Published: 2018
  • Volume: 61
  • ISBN: 1839-2954

Abstract: On Australia day in 2016, artist Elizabeth Close was at an Adelaide shopping centre speaking to her young daughter in Pitjantjatjara, when a woman approached and said to her: 'It's Australia Day. We speak English.' Close was shocked, and replied, 'Pardon?' The woman slowed down her speech and repeated herself. Close retorted that as she was speaking a native Australian language, she 'could not get more Australian'. The woman walked off without another word.

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Grimmer, Raelk, 2018, Sentenced to discrimination: Language as a weapon of state, Volume:61, Journal Article, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13501.

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