This decision on the meaning of ‘day’ for leave purposes touches various interpretation themes11. One, it offers a clear example of the need always to ‘start with the statute’ (at ). Two, it illustrates the influence an objects clause may have (at ).
Three, the proper role of extrinsic materials is fully explained (at [66-73]). They cannot displace the text, are not an infallible guide and ‘sometimes get it wrong’12. Four, ordinary meaning and consistent usage are discussed (at [95-98]). The words of a statute ‘are not a secret code for lawyers’. Five, the status of notes as aids to interpretation when they are not part of the Act is discussed (at )13.
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11 AGS Express Law on 14 August 2020 provides a concise case summary.