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A piece of legislation whose title either intentionally or otherwise:-

1) Has little or nothing to do with how it will operate in practice. It may even be completely ineffective.
2) In practice does the exact opposite to the title.

Could also be described as a dud, con, fraud or even surreal.

The term refers to a famous Monty Python sketch about a dead parrot.
"...the Attorney General needs to look at this consultation paper again. If he doesn't we could end up with a piece of dead parrot legislation..."
by irritant August 04, 2004
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