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Dr Jeffrey Barnes is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Legislation, Its Interpretation and Drafting at the La Trobe School of Law, La Trobe University. He has a wide experience in legislation and its interpretation. He is a former Parliamentary Counsel, Associate to Justice Michael Kirby at the Australian Law Reform Commission, Project Officer with the Administrative Review Council and Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He has taught statutory interpretation for a number of years and has published extensively in that field. He has assisted a number of government agencies in developing their skills in this area. He assisted the Law Admissions Consultative Committee in developing their Statement on Statutory Interpretation (2010). He was the lead author of the Council of Australian Law Deans Good Practice Guide to Teaching Statutory Interpretation (2015). With the Head of the School of Law, Professor Patrick Keyzer, he convened a symposium on statutory interpretation from which this collection has originated.

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