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Common Law Rules:
o Literal Rule
o Golden Rule
o Mischief Rule
o Purposive Rule
Extrinsic Aids
o Acts Interpretation Act (Cth) 1901 - s15AB (1)
o Acts Interpretation Act (Qld) 1954 - s14B (1)
SS? We can use extrinsic materials to support arguments being
made by intrinsic material -- determine ambiguous
meanings - support the literal approach
Intrinsic Aids - Structural Considerations
o Date
o Definitions
SS? Open vs closed
SS? Discretion vs obligation
o Long title
o Preambles (older Acts)
o S 14D (Qld) and S 15AD (Cth)
SS? Punctuation in an act is part of an act
SS? Where an Act includes an example of the operation of a
provision * A) the example shall not be taken to be exhaustive
and; * B) if the example is inconsistent with the provision,
the provision prevails
Noscitur a sociis
o The word is known by the company it keeps
o Ambiguous words can be determined by reference to the words
around it and in the Act
Ejusdem Generis
o The general word is limited to the meaning of the specific words
that precede it, (if they are a class)
o There must be a class suggested by the specific words
SS? Eg: gun is a different class to knife


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