My article Strengthening discipline in state schools: constructions of discipline in a public policy moment was recently published in the journal Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education. 50 free eprints are available here.

In this article I explore the way in which school discipline was constructed in official discourse in order to justify the passage of the Queensland Education (Strengthening Discipline in State Schools) Amendment Act 2013. This legislation increased the power of principals in Queensland state schools to remove students from school environments and reduced the legal requirements for parental consultation. Using critical discourse analysis I follow the Bill on its journey to becoming law, exploring the means through which discourse is used to bolster claims for the necessity of the legislation at each step of its passage through parliament.