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‘As If They Were Husband And Wife’: A Critique of De Facto Relationship Property Law In Victoria

Stephen A James

This article assesses property law in Victoria in relation to de facto relationships. Particular attention is paid to concerns about judicial stereotyping of gender and the non-recognition or undervaluation of unpaid work performed by unmarried women in the home.1 The specific question addressed here is the extent to which the identified problems have been met by Pt IX of the Property Law Act 1958 (Vic) enacted in 1987. By way of brief comparison, the Domestic Relationships Act 1994 (ACT) is considered.

(1998) 15(1) Law in Context 53

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