The court (at ) referred to the ‘massive and over complex verbiage’ of the 2500 page Corporations Act, where professionals and judges ‘must navigate tortuous, mind-numbingly detailed, cascading provisions’. These ‘telephone books’ enacted ‘at huge cost to the community’14 raise the need for more principles-based drafting, the court said.
This debate has long raged in tax circles, where telephone books are the norm. The reasons here are many – historical, legal and cultural. The best way to understand these telephone books is by the correct application of interpretive rules. iTip – these rules help ensure you don’t get the wrong number.
This case is from Episode 29 of interpretationNOW!
14 cf Rares J  FedJSch 10.