'Domestic promises' and the division of farming property in Australia

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Abstract

In Australia, property law represents a particular historical narrative of social ideas. To illustrate this proposition, two judgments are examined concerning the division of family property following divorce, and one judgment concerning Family Provision legislation. The objective is to build on the idea that in legal disputes property has been divided in a way that privileges 'productive' male labour and minimises the contributions of women. A second objective is to show how the division of property reflects a particular notion of Australian history and associated ideas about economics, sexuality and domesticity. Finally, it will be demonstrated that a phenomenon, which will, for the present, be called 'domestic promises', has been interpreted to exclude certain familial expectations regarding rural property.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalMacquarie law journal
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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