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FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA ACT 1976 - SECT 33C

Commencement of proceeding

             (1)  Subject to this Part, where:

                     (a)  7 or more persons have claims against the same person; and

                     (b)  the claims of all those persons are in respect of, or arise out of, the same, similar or related circumstances; and

                     (c)  the claims of all those persons give rise to a substantial common issue of law or fact;

a proceeding may be commenced by one or more of those persons as representing some or all of them.

             (2)  A representative proceeding may be commenced:

                     (a)  whether or not the relief sought:

                              (i)  is, or includes, equitable relief; or

                             (ii)  consists of, or includes, damages; or

                            (iii)  includes claims for damages that would require individual assessment; or

                            (iv)  is the same for each person represented; and

                     (b)  whether or not the proceeding:

                              (i)  is concerned with separate contracts or transactions between the respondent in the proceeding and individual group members; or

                             (ii)  involves separate acts or omissions of the respondent done or omitted to be done in relation to individual group members.



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