Names Without Frontiers: Legislative Titles and Sloganeering

Posted: 13 Feb 2001

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Graeme D. Orr

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

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.

Suggested Citation

Orr, Graeme, Names Without Frontiers: Legislative Titles and Sloganeering. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256550

Graeme Orr (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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