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Using Parliamentary materials in interpretation: Insights from Parliamentary process

Dharmananda, Jacinta


It is orthodoxy in Australia that when interpreting statutory text, attention turns to the words 'in context'. This context is taken to include extrinsic context, including extrinsic materials. Parliamentary materials represent a significant category of such extrinsic matter. These are materials produced as part of the enactment of the statute in Parliament, such as second reading speeches, explanatory memoranda, and committee reports. But although readers of statutes regularly refer to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: University of New South Wales Law Journal
Access Rights: Open access via publisher site


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