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Transfer of matters

  (1)   Where:

  (a)   a civil proceeding instituted (whether before or after the commencement of this section) by a person other than the Minister or the Commission is pending in the Federal Court; and

  (b)   a matter for determination in the proceeding arose under Part   IVB or IVBB, section   55B, subsection   56BO(1) or 56BU(1), section   56CD, Part   IVE, a civil penalty provision of a gas market instrument or a civil penalty provision of the consumer data rules;

the Federal Court may, subject to subsection   (2), upon the application of a party or of the Federal Court's own motion, transfer to a court of a State or Territory the matter referred to in paragraph   (b) and may also transfer to that court any other matter for determination in the proceeding.

  (2)   The Federal Court shall not transfer a matter to another court under subsection   (1) unless the other court has power to grant the remedies sought before the Federal Court in the matter and it appears to the Federal Court that:

  (a)   the matter arises out of or is related to a proceeding that is pending in the other court; or

  (b)   it is otherwise in the interests of justice that the matter be determined by the other court.

  (3)   Where the Federal Court transfers a matter to another court under subsection   (1):

  (a)   further proceedings in the matter shall be as directed by the other court; and

  (b)   the judgment of the other court in the matter is enforceable throughout Australia and the external Territories as if it were a judgment of the Federal Court.

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