Originally Posted by Rustic Charm
No need to apologise Factor. This is CF where we all have our armchair opinions and no one's opinion matters diddly squat in the end. It's just discussion
What I always find with 'bush lawyers' :
Im not a bush lawyer and the actual title for the act of interpretation act is the Acts Interpretation Act. I am not saying that to be smart, just to assist anyone who may be searching for it online (see COMLAW - comlaw.gov.au )
Like I said, Its up to the OP, and the Australian authorities do struggle with their own legislation, and whilst I am happy to have the esoteric discussion on the impact of the shipping
legislation, others might get bored, but happy to explore where I disagree with your interpretation if you like
e.g. the "may" that you rely on in your analysis refers to the power to register not the choice to register, All those various sorts of ships MAY be registered, i.e. there is a power on behalf of the Commonwealth to register them but no obligation on the part of the Commonwealth to register them, its discretionary on the part of the registering authority, (statutory interpretation principle of ejusdem generis
) and the requirements on owners to register particular ships in particular circumstances are not override, or indeed in anyway affected, by that discretionary power that exists on the Commonwealths behalf.