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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (Senator Wright), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 5—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 21 March 2013:

The impact of recent proposed federal court fee increases on access to justice in Australia, with particular reference to:

 (a) the impact of federal court fee increases on low-income and ordinary Australians and operators of small business;

 (b) whether recent and proposed fee increases are reasonable, based on evidence and consistent with other justice policy matters;

 (c) how increases in court fees, and other reform to the courts and justice system, can act as a barrier to accessing justice;


 (d) the extent to which court fee increases may impact on services provided by legal assistance services, i.e. legal aid commissions, ATSILS, FVPLS and CLCs; and

 (e) other relevant matters.

Question put and negatived.