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Volume 11, Issue 1

Media and the Indigenous public sphere
April, 2005

Caricature: The Queensland Figaro, 1887. Image courtesy of Ross Woodrow, Racial Image Archive, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

PJR 11(1) May 2005 cover

April, 2005

ISSN: 1023-9499

In this issue…

One of the major conclusions of John Hartley and Alan McKee’s study is that, in the Australian media, indigenous people are central to a drama about Australian national identity. Stars rather than victims, indigenous people are caught up in a media narrative over which ‘they have little individual control, but which is nevertheless telling their story’ (p. 7).


1. Elusive issues of identity
Barry King, Ian Goodwin