customary law

Australia's first peoples celebrate a tradition of secret and non-secret women's and men's business in which women exclude men from some ceremonies as do the men with women.

Secrecy preserves the integrity of law and mixed ceremony maintains harmony while penalties may be harsh in marginal ecologies to safeguard survival.

Confidentiality remains with penalties less severe when tradition is practiced in the contemporary context of parliament and corporate governance conducted by agreement between women's and men's legislatures, courts and committees.

15 April, 2010