For release: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has broadly welcomed the release of the exposure draft legislation to consolidate Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws.

Managing Director Jim Wallace said ACL was still to examine it in detail but was grateful the Government had honoured its commitment to retain protections for religious freedom.

Mr Wallace said ACL had some concern about the reversal of the onus of proof that it could create a vulnerability in terms of giving rise to vexatious complaints.

“This is something we will want to see properly investigated by the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee,” Mr Wallace said.