Hello poets and readers,
In an earlier blogpost about the work of Gomeroi poet and lawyer Alison Whittaker, I discussed her work with trigrams and the process behind the creation of poems like ‘the skeleton of the common law’ from her collection Blakwork, which Alison expanded on in our podcast. Thanks to her generosity in sharing her work, we’re now able to reproduce that poem so that our readers can see how she used the technique based on search engine optimisation, commenting on the law, as she says, without doing further injustice to the people affected by it.
the skeleton of the common law ‘This Court is not free to adopt rules that accord with contemporary notions of justice and human rights if their adoption would fracture the skeleton of principle which gives the body of our law its shape and internal consistency.’ Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1 The forty-nine most common three-word phrases in the Mabo decision, ranked. The Murray Island – The Murray Islands. The common law (By the Crown Of the crown). New South Wales, The Meriam people (Of the Colony Of the Murray) Rights and interests Law – native title Common law native Of New South (In the Crown) The Privy Council (Of the Island) The Land Act (Of the Meriam) Governor in council (The Governor in The Aboriginal inhabitants) The colony of The Crown in that. The Crown Act of State. Lands of the Inhabitants of the – – to the Crown. Interests in land (Of the Aboriginal Of the Islands) Consistent with the – – the Common wealth Title of the – – the Crown to The rights of – V Attorney General For the purpose Of native title. Vested in the The indigenous inhabitants The native inhabitants In relation to – With respect to – The Crown, the – Of the native Racial Discrimination Act By the common – The Racial Discrimination Alison Whittaker