Names without frontiers: Legislative titles and sloganeering

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Title Names without frontiers: Legislative titles and sloganeering
Author Orr, Graeme David
Journal Name Statute Law Review
Year Published 2000
Place of publication UK
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract A recent spate of legislation in Australia with sloganeering titles raises questions about the interrelationship of political, parliamentary, and legislative language. This article traces the history and functions of legislative titling. Titling came to serve an essentially descriptive function, through the use of bland, bureaucratic language which exhibited indifference to the politics of law-making. The short title, however, in an age of political spin-doctoring, could become a site for image conscious 'motherhood' statements. Reasons to lament such a trend are proposed, as well as factors to explain its appearance. The Australian examples are examined with a view to understanding their motivations. Historical and comparative precedents are also considered. In conclusion, the article seeks to locate the trend in the broader context of naming conventions in a media conscious age.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Copyright Statement This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Statute Law Review following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Statute Law Review 2000 21(3):188-212 is available online at:
Volume 21
Issue Number 3
Page from 188
Page to 212
ISSN 0144-3593
Date Accessioned 2001-01-01
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Law School
Subject Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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