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Payments to legal practitioners by legal aid bodies

             (1)  The regulations may, in relation to matters included in a class of matters arising under this Act, under the regulations or under the applicable Rules of Court, fix or limit, or provide for the fixing or limiting of, the amounts that may be paid by relevant authorities to legal practitioners acting in such matters.

             (2)  A relevant authority that pays, to a legal practitioner acting in a matter arising under this Act, an amount that exceeds the amount that the relevant authority is permitted, by regulations made under subsection (1), to pay to that legal practitioner in respect of that matter is, if the Minister so determines by instrument in writing, liable to pay to the Commonwealth such amount as the Minister specifies in the instrument, not being an amount greater than the amount of the excess.

             (3)  An amount payable by a relevant authority to the Commonwealth in accordance with a determination of the Minister under subsection (2) is a debt due by the relevant authority to the Commonwealth.

             (4)  This section, and regulations made under subsection (1), bind the Crown in right of the Commonwealth, of each of the States and of the Northern Territory.

             (5)  In this section:

"relevant authority" means a person, authority or body (including an authority or body established by or under a law of a State or Territory) that, from time to time, receives relevant funding.

"relevant funding" , in relation to a person, authority or body, means funding received, whether directly or indirectly, by the person, authority or body from the Commonwealth for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provision of legal assistance by the person, authority or body in connection with matters arising under this Act.

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