The federal government has commissioned a parliamentary committee inquiry into Australia’s class actions regime. Debate has fired up in recent days, as evidenced by a May 13 column by Janet Albrechtsen in The Australian, which she followed up with a hard-hitting feature on the weekend.

As chair of the pro-market Institute of Public Affairs, you would think Albrechtsen would promote choice, competition and free markets, all of which occur in litigation funding.

But no, she blatantly sings from the song sheet of the US Chamber of Commerce, which has run a global campaign against class actions and third party litigation funders for a decade, particularly taking on the ASX-listed Omni Bridgeway (formerly IMF Bentham), which is the world’s biggest listed litigation funder.