Articles by: Dan Tout

Author Biography:

Dan Tout is a lecturer in history and sociology at Federation University and an Arena Publications Editor. In 2023, he was an inaugural Visiting Fellow with the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on settler colonialism and nationalism in Australia and their impacts on and implications for First Nations peoples.

Informit: Settler colonial closures

Western Australian premier Colin Barnett has announced plans for the forced 'closure' of 'at least 100 or more' of the 274 remote Aboriginal communities across the state. It seems that South Australia may soon follow suit, with sixty locations in that state also earmarked for 'closure'. As with the Howard government's Northern Territory Emergency Response (the Intervention) and its extension under the Gillard government's perversely named Stronger Futures legislation, we are seeing what Patrick Wolfe…

Informit: Stabilise, normalise eliminate

The Northern Territory Intervention as a strategy of settler colonialismThe Northern Territory Intervention and its continuation in the form of the perversely misnamed Stronger Futures legislation (which at the time of writing is set to pass the Senate in a rare instance of bipartisan cooperation) has already been subjected to critical analysis from a wide range of perspectives. Yet five years after the Intervention's announcement and on the eve of its ten-year extension, this radical…