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Statutory Interpretation in Australia 9th Ed. By Dennis Pearce

Speech delivered by Arthur Moses SC, President, Law Council of Australia at the Dennis Pearce book launch, HWL Ebsworth, Canberra, 28 November 2019.

"Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to speak to you today to launch the ninth edition of Statutory Interpretation in Australia by Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO, FAAL.

Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather, the Ngunnawal. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. Let me start with something of a truism for those gathered here today. Mastery of words is an essential part of our profession.

The practice of law stands or falls on the written and spoken word.

To succeed, we must often make the best of the words available to us regardless of whether we like them or not."

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