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The hegemonic positioning of 'Smart State' policy

Taylor and Francis
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  • 130304 Educational Administration Management And Leadership
  • 130399 Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Hegemony
  • Knowledge Economy
  • Queensland 'Smart State'
  • Policy Analysis
  • Education
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Fairclough
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Social Sciences


The Australian State of Queensland's 'Smart State' policy is the Government's response to global conditions that require a new type of worker and citizen for a new knowledge economy. As a result the Government has produced a plethora of documents and papers in every aspect of its operation to progress Queensland as a 'Smart State'. The role of education in the success of the 'Smart State' is clearly outlined in the Queensland Government's vision statements and policies (Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts 1999). The purpose of this article is to utilise Norman Fairclough's theories regarding the relationship between discourse and social change, to examine the interdiscursive, linguistic and semiotic strategies used in 'Smart State' policy to show how this discourse is emerging into a hegemonic position within the discourses of Queensland education.

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