The so-called reversal of the onus of proof is the biggest focus of scrutiny on the proposed Federal Government reform of anti-discrimination law.

The proposal, released by the Federal Government for public comment on Tuesday, would see the consolidation of five anti-discrimination laws into one.

It would define discrimination as “unfavourable treatment” with the single defence of justification.

Also the burden of proof would shift to the respondent once a prima facie case has been established.

The Opposition has raised its concerns over the reversal of the burden of proof and said the proposal could see a “huge” increase in claims in court.

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