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Public Mid-Sem Statutory Interpretation

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The facts raise the issue of whether Dylan and Georgia have committed offences under section 7(1) of Face Covering Act 2017(Cth) (Act). In particular, whether the two elements “face covering” and “public place” of the offence were satisfied.

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In particular, whether the two elements “face covering” and “public place” of the offence were satisfied. ‘Face covering’ There is no exact definition of the term in Section7 (1) and it is a common word that can include a range of things that covers a face, which leaves the court to interpret the scope of it in the Act. Oxford Dictionary defines ‘face covering’ as ‘a thing used to protect, decorate, or conceal the front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin’.1 Here, Dylan could argue that the mask left two eyeholes on its surface, which did not cover the face entirely and failed the definition. Likewise, Georgia could explain that the eye mask only covered one- third of her face from the top of her eyebrows to the tip of her nose. However, as for Dylan, police could argue that there is not a ...
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