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ABSTRACT

Although encompassing a broad range of topic areas, approaches to analysis, and theoretical frameworks, it is arguably the case that critical psychology in Australia is best represented by research undertaken on the topic of racism. The primary reason why critical research on racism has been so prevalent in Australia, is because of the ongoing history of colonisation in the country. Critical psychological approaches thus allow for a political (and discursive) examination of the psychology of racism. This paper first outlines the context of Australia as a colonial nation, before going on to analyse a press release made by one Australian politician in 2011. The analysis, focused primarily on specific rhetorical devices, examines how Indigenous sovereignty – centred in the paper as an empirical fact against which all knowledge or truth claims must be assessed – is denied, and moreover how the press release signifies an investment in this denial. The paper concludes by suggesting that critical psychology in Australia has an important ongoing role both in deconstructing existing truth claims about race, as well as reconstructing new possibilities for thinking about and relating to the fact of Indigenous sovereignty and colonisation.