Was the Murray Darling Basin Authority a ‘public or other authority’ for civil liability purposes2? A note directed the reader to the Interpretation Act 1987. That Act applies to all NSW statutes except to the extent of any contrary intention. While the Act is only a starting point and ‘readily rebutted’3, Adamson J (at ) said it was ‘undoubtedly relevant to the task’.
In this case, various definitions supported a finding that the MDBA was not a ‘public or other authority’ here. Another recent case says Interpretation Acts ‘do not compete for attention’ with other statutes – ‘they work together’4. For more about this, see Pearce Interpretation Acts in Australia (at [1.1-1.5])5.
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2 s 41 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW).