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Minister's entitlement to intervene

  (1)   The Minister may intervene on behalf of the Commonwealth in proceedings before a court (including a court of a State or Territory) in relation to a matter arising under this Act if the Minister believes it is in the public interest to do so.

  (2)   If the Minister intervenes, the Minister is taken to be a party to the proceedings for the purposes of instituting an appeal from a judgment given in the proceedings.

  (3)   Despite section   570, a court may make an order as to costs against the Commonwealth if:

  (a)   the Minister intervenes under subsection   (1); or

  (b)   the Minister institutes an appeal from a judgment as referred to in subsection   (2).

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