Muslim women can be forced to remove their face veils during routine car stops under new powers granted to NSW police.Another amazing thing in this whole affair is that the Islamic Council in Australia did not oppose the move:
Premier Barry O'Farrell said cabinet had approved the move on Monday so police could properly identify motorists or any other people suspected of committing a crime.
"I don't care whether a person is wearing a motor cycle helmet, a burqa, niqab, face veil or anything else, the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear," he said in a statement.
Mr O'Farrell later defended the move, saying the state's Islamic Council has said the wearing of face veils is not compulsory.In the USA, it's possible CAIR, by contrast, would take the opposite stance. Kudos to the NSW legislation for having the guts it took to ensure the police can work properly.
"The good news is that the Islamic Council of NSW has made the point that it's not compulsory in relation to their religion," Mr O'Farrell told reporters in Sydney on Monday night.