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Title: The Hit and Miss of Statutory Interpretation: Palgo Holdings Pty Ltd v Gowans (2005) 221 CLR 249
Contributor(s): Tarrant, J (author)
Publication Date: 2006
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The recent High Court decision in Palgo Holdings Pty Ltd v Gowans¹ considers the long standing distinction between a security in the form of a pledge or pawn and a security in the form of a chattel mortgage. The decision in Palgo demonstrates that, despite the purposive approach to statutory interpretation, general law definitions may be adopted by the courts unless a different definition is included in the relevant statute. Palgo may represent a case where the court, as Lord Diplock described it, declares that Parliament has missed its target.²
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: University of New England Law Journal, 3(1), p. 83-89
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1449-2199
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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