I have the benefit of both teaching and practising law. When not at Bond University teaching students, I work as a barrister. One thing I have noticed about students is that they struggle with statutory interpretation. This is unfortunate because, in practise, interpreting what a statute means often demands more time than looking up cases. This article considers a problem of statutory interpretation that I faced in practise. It illustrates how to approach an Act when you are trying to work out what it means.