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DEFAMATION ACT 2005 - SCHEDULE 5

SCHEDULE 5 – Dictionary


"Australian court" means any court established by or under a law of an Australian jurisdiction (including a court conducting committal proceedings for an indictable offence).

"Australian jurisdiction" means—

(a) a State; or
(b) a Territory; or
(c) the Commonwealth.

"Australian tribunal" means any tribunal (other than a court) established by or under a law of an Australian jurisdiction that has the power to take evidence from witnesses before it on oath or affirmation (including a Royal Commission or other special commission of inquiry).

"country" includes—
(a) a federation and a state, territory, province or other part of a federation; and
(b) an Australian jurisdiction.

"document" means any record of information, and includes—
(a) anything on which there is writing; and
(b) anything on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations having a meaning for persons qualified to interpret them; and
(c) anything from which sounds, images or writings can be reproduced with or without the aid of anything else; and
(d) a map, plan, drawing or photograph.

"electronic communication" includes a communication of information in the form of data, text, images or sound (or any combination of these) by means of guided or unguided electromagnetic energy, or both.

"general law" means the common law and equity.

"matter" includes—
(a) an article, report, advertisement or other thing communicated by means of a newspaper, magazine or other periodical; and
(b) a program, report, advertisement or other thing communicated by means of television, radio, the Internet or any other form of electronic communication; and
(c) a letter, note or other writing; and
(d) a picture, gesture or oral utterance; and
(e) any other thing by means of which something may be communicated to a person.

"offer to make amends" means an offer to make amends under part 3, division 1.

"parliamentary body" means—
(a) a parliament or legislature of any country; or
(b) a house of a parliament or legislature of any country; or
(c) a committee of a parliament or legislature of any country; or
(d) a committee of a house or houses of a parliament or legislature of any country.

"substantially true" means true in substance or not materially different from the truth.

"Territory" means the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory.

"this jurisdiction" means Queensland.



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