On 2 December 2021, the Senate referred the Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021 to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 February 2022.
The closing date for submissions is Friday, 17 December 2021.
The bill and explanatory materials
A copy of the bill can be found on the Bills and Legislation section of the Parliament's website.
Further information on the bill can be found in the Explanatory Memorandum.
The committee welcomes submissions to this inquiry.
Submissions to the prior Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (PJC) inquiry into the same bill
Please note that submissions made to the PJC inquiry into this bill will be considered as evidence by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee. You are not required to resubmit that material. However, if you have additional information you would like to provide, you are welcome to make a new submission to this inquiry.
The submissions and final report to this inquiry can be found on the PJC inquiry page.
It is important to note that the committee is not obliged to accept every document it receives as a submission. The committee has the option to accept a document as correspondence, or not accept it at all depending on its content.
Odgers Senate Practice clearly indicates:
"…a submission made to a committee becomes a committee document, and it is for the committee to decide whether to receive it as evidence and whether to publish it."
Further information can be found in our procedural documents.
Drafting a submission
To assist your document being received and accepted as a submission to the inquiry, we recommend your comments stay focussed on the provisions of the bill.
Documents that don't address the provisions of the bill and diverge onto extraneous issues are unlikely to be accepted as submissions. Further guidance on making a submission can be found on the How to make a submission to a Senate Committee Inquiry webpage.
Form letters or documents containing repetitive themes
Form letters that are received as part of letter writing campaigns are likely to be received in the following way: a sample of the document may be accepted as a submission and published with a written indication of how many such documents were received.
Similarly, documents received that are not strictly form letters but demonstrate repetitive themes are also highly likely to be acknowledged in the same way: a certain number taken as samples with a written indication of how many such documents were received.
The committee hopes this information will assist you in the drafting of your submission.