Ineffaceable Memories: The Truth of Testimony

Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith Law School
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The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 2008, 29 pp. 133 - 154
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The traditional approaches to evidence law are analysed through an investigation of claimant Lorna Cubillo's testimony in the historic Stolen Generations trial against Australia's Commonwealth government. The significance of Cubillo's testimony is the narration of an event that left an ineradicable impression on her, giving rise to her racialised status. The author argues that the true power of testimony is in its effect, its ability to destabilise dominant narratives and in the fact of the narrator's survival.
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