A clear and accessible guide to one of the most important skills all students of law must master; the skill of understanding legislation. This book provides an engaging overview of important aspects of the legislative process, its application and interpretation, together with examples, questions and excerpts of relevant legislation. Specifically designed to meet the needs of students studying the statutory process and statutory interpretation in either law or non-law courses. Important Features: * All new cases and exercises. * Expanded coverage of statutory interpretation. * New material on 'Law and Politics' discussing the September 11th attacks and the role of legislation in society and regulating social values. * New material on the Rudd Government includes new Governor General Quentin Bryce appointment; update to members of Commonwealth Rudd Government and Cabinet; breakdown of Senate as at September 2008. * Research chapter extensively rewritten with more focus on internet online research with new examples and exercises. Related Titles: * Cook, Creyke, Geddes & Hamer, Laying Down the Law, 7th ed, 2009. * Butt, Butterworths Concise Australian Legal Dictionary, 3rd ed, 2004. * Bott, Cowley & Falconer, Nemes & Coss' Effective Legal Research, 3rd ed, 2007. * Meehan & Tulloch, Butterworths Guides - Grammar for Lawyers, 2nd ed, 2007. * Spears & Hickie, Butterworths Guides - Legal Referencing, 3rd ed, 2005.