DIY sovereignty and the popular right in Australia

Judy Lattas

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The concern of this paper is with the form that ‘right wing’ anti-government protest has taken in Australia in recent years. One tactic that is proving popular amongst those who have suffered setbacks in their hold on property, or in their small business ventures, is to declare their secession from Australia, and to establish an alternative jurisdiction and alternative citizenship. The author describes some of these projects, and links the serious political pursuit of this secessionist move to a movement in the USA called Sovereign Citizenship, which is itself linked to recent acts of anti-government sabotage called ‘paper terrorism’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile boundaries/rigid worlds
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2nd annual conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion
EditorsMichael Fine, Nicholas Smith, Amanda Wise
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherCentre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1741380472
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventConference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004) - North Ryde, NSW
Duration: 27 Sep 200428 Sep 2004


ConferenceConference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004)
CityNorth Ryde, NSW

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