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R V Wunungmurra: 'Culture' As Usual in the Courts

Australian Feminist Law Journal, The
Volume 30 (June 2009)

Abstract: The 'R v Wunungmurra' case is discussed in which Dennis Wunungmurra, a Yolngu man, was accused of stabbing his wife Wendy Manamawuy Garrawarra to death. Defence lawyer Rex Wild QC mounted a cultural defence, arguing that it was Wunungmurra's 'cultural duty' to assault his 'errant' wife. The article discusses the use of 'cultural' evidence in Australian courts to defend men who fatally assault the women in their communities.

To cite this article: Howe, Adrian. R V Wunungmurra: 'Culture' As Usual in the Courts [online]. Australian Feminist Law Journal, The, Vol. 30, June 2009: 163-169. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=254160395766003;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1320-0968. [cited 31 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Howe, Adrian; Source: Australian Feminist Law Journal, The, Vol. 30, June 2009: 163-169 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1320-0968 Subject: Customary law; Aboriginal Australians--Social life and customs; Aboriginal Australians--Criminal justice system; Women--Violence against; Women, Aboriginal Australian--Social conditions; Children, Aboriginal Australian--Abuse of; Identifier: R v Wunungmurra (case) Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Teacher, Australian Social Policy, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, email: Adrian.Howe@rmit.edu.au

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection