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Using Parliamentary materials in interpretation: Insights from Parliamentary process

Dharmananda, Jacinta

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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]

dc.contributor.authorDharmananda, Jacinta
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-30T04:50:00Z
dc.identifier.issn0313-0096
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/205663
dc.description.abstractIt 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 parliamentary materials and attribute weight to them for the interpretative task, most readers know little about them. This article examines parliamentary materials for federal legislation. The aim of this examination is to highlight factors that may be considered when assessing such materials as interpretative aids. The article reflects preliminary research done as part of a wider research project on the relationship between the legislative process and statutory interpretation.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. A considerable portion of the research for this paper was completed under the auspices of a Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship in 2017.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherUNSW Law School
dc.rights© 2018 University of New South Wales
dc.sourceUniversity of New South Wales Law Journal
dc.source.urihttp://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/41-1-1.pdf
dc.titleUsing Parliamentary materials in interpretation: Insights from Parliamentary process
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume41
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor180199 - Law not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB2857
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDharmananda, Jacinta, ANU College of Law, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage4
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage39
local.identifier.absseo949999 - Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-01-27T16:09:27Z
local.identifier.thomsonIDWOS:000432663400002
dcterms.accessRightsOpen access via publisher site
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