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A student wearing a burka.

Muslim women who refuse to remove their veils for police will face jail under new laws in Australia’s largest state.

The New South Wales government has rushed through legislation allowing police to force the removal of head coverings to identify suspected criminals.

The laws, among the toughest in the world involving Islamic female dress, follow the recent furore over a Sydney woman who claimed police tried to rip off her veil after her car was pulled over.

The woman, Carnita Matthews, was charged with falsely accusing police of assault. She was cleared by a judge who ruled she could not be positively identified because of her head covering.

Under new laws, approved by the state cabinet and due to be enforced within months, a person who refuses to remove a head covering for police will face up to a year in jail or a $A5,500 (£3,600) fine.

“I don’t care whether a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, a niqab, a face veil or anything else, the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear,” said Barry O’Farrell, the New South Wales premier.

Most Muslim groups accepted the changes but some said a female officer should oversee any removals.

“If you’re asked to do something by a police officer and it’s legitimate, then you do it,” said Khaled Sukkarieh, the chairman of the Islamic Council of New South Wales.

The Muslim Women’s Association said if a female officer oversaw the removals then “nobody could really complain”.

However, the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which called for Australian Muslims this week to reject democracy, said the new laws were designed to intimidate Muslims.

The laws were also rejected by civil liberties groups.

Other Australian states say they may adopt similar laws, with the Western Australian government suggesting that it would consider the NSW legislation.

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  • Not every burqa-wearer is a woman or a girl.
    Not every burqa-wearer is unarmed.
    http://1389blog.com/2011/07/07/meet-the-burqa-dudes/

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  • K

    Good for New South Wales government! It should be a law everywhere!!!! :-D I’d love to see that law in the States… but our gov’t has their heads so far up their *sses they don’t realize their own s*it stinks!

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  • Leugner

    To impose your taste upon others,what is that called?

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  • Death to ISLAM!!

    leugner you must be a muslim lover or one yourself? wake up and smell the coffee you brainwashed puppet! Remember evil only succeeds if good men do nothing!

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  • When I look around at all the wonderful creations our creator has made I see mostly two eyes, a nose, a mouth, some ears and some hair. I recognise their mood and I can naturally connect with them. A burqa prevents the natural elements of our universe connecting with one another. A burqa is a creation of man and should remain in the dark ages where the creators of it existed.

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  • Leugner

    So says the guy with the queer eye,but imposing your fashion sense in the free market with a self serving law,what’s that called.

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  • Cactuar

    It’s like these rednecks don’t understand the mechanism of skin cancer,maybe they take one of the prestigious Murdoch papers.

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  • Jahanzeb

    It couldn’t have been better… Burqa should be banned in western countries just as bare skinned, hijabless women are not allowed on the streets in Saudi Arabia. If Hillary Clinton can wear a scarf and cover herself to respect Muslim culture so should muslims living abroad.

    I don’t see westerners protecting their right to wear miniskirt or bikini in muslim countries. The option for muslims to move right back to where ever they came from is always open if they can’t respect western culture.

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  • Leugner

    They hate us for our freedom.

    Slap on a hat mate!

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    • mr u

      im sorry but i disagree. Muslims came for europe to have a better life. then why would they try to change european style of life to one that thy ran away? we gave muslims freedom, much more than how we are treated on muslim countries. if you dont like to be here, then go back to your country.

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  • salem

    No burqa for muslim women.. i am a muslim but i dont agree with this…

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  • salem

    No burqa for muslim women.. i am a muslim but i dont agree with this…burqa thing

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  • Leugner

    All people have the inalienable right to wear whatever clothing they like,if you don’t agree with this western way you have better get back to where you once belonged.

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  • lady 1234

    They forgot they are in Australia..I went to Saudi I wore burqa because it is prohibited I respect the Saudi Laws. Now this Muslim women are in Australia.. they should not wear BURQA..If you don’t like australian Laws then just go back to where u came from “hottest place on earth”.DON’T bring your religion traditions to other country coz STATE AND RELIGION is different.. Thanks to FRANCE and BELGIUM for banning women to wear Burqa in public places!

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  • Cactuar

    So it’s a racist attack on civil liberties!

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  • Leugner

    When Jews utilize your GDP as their racist war fund this sort of thing does occur.

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  • Artur

    You hate for your freedom? It is full delirium! You have what freedom? Freedom of prostitutes,whores, homosexuals and Jews. Here this is your freedom! Your freedom is freedom of the slaves of Jews and Masons. Hitler has crushed France and bombed Britain. Bravo! Germany of Hitler was really free country! And if forces of Hiler broke human rights the USA hundred break these rights times more. In Germany of Hitler did not burn Qur’ans as it do in America and did not pursue moslems. I’m white 100%, and not the Arab, but hate all of you, because you cowards and liars. You slaves of Jews! Shalom to all! :-D

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    • K

      I feel sorry for you. You are full of hate…and that clouds your mind to what freedom and life is really about! Sure there are terrible people every where in the world breaking human rights but you shouldn’t hate everyone for it. I hope you can find peace in your life & stop hating.

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    • mr u

      Actually jews worked with both sides. alliance and the axis. they would have won either way.

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  • Leugner

    I look forward to our Australian colleagues issuing an edict of expulsion as we had to do in the past.

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  • Dudebro

    I wish more Pakistanis were like you Jahanzeb

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