something along the same damn lines.France banned religious headwear, particularly Muslim woman headwear that covers the face, and it would seem that Australia is trying to do
They claim it's so that police can identify wanted offenders and traffic violators. I'm sorry, but this is completely retarded, and the logic of their excuse doesn't even work.
If a woman wearing a niqab (the dressing that covers the entire face with the exception of the eyes) is accused of a crime, what sense would it make to force her to lift her veil to identify herself? Shouldn't the cops look for a woman wearing a niqab anyway? And does this really matter for a traffic violation?
As far as I know, there haven't been many Muslim women in Australia that have committed crimes that warrented them being taken into custody, so this law seems to be the work of a bunch of anti-Muslim assholes who believe that religious freedom only counts if you're Christian.
If a Muslim woman does something that requires her detainment, then sure, I can see for legal purposes that she be made to remove her headwear to identify herself to the law.
Women who refuse to lift their veils upon the request of law enforcement will face up to a year in prison and a bit over $5,000 USD in fines. Is this brand of discrimination what we would consider "civilized," in Western Civilization?