It looks like New South Wales is set to ban the burqa. The following is an email sent to me by Derek in Australia...
NSW Bill to Ban the Burqa
On Line Vote 86% for 14% against.
Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile has succeeded in introducing a bill to ban the wearing of the burqa in the NSW Upper House.
Mr Nile introduced his private member's bill, seeking to ban the wearing of the burqa and other face veils in public, shortly after (AEST) on Tuesday. Last month, a debate on the same bill was voted down by the NSW Upper House.
Greens MP John Kaye said only the four Greens MPs and Family First MP Gordon Moyes voted against introducing the bill on Tuesday.
"Last month the coalition and the government did the right thing and said no, they would not allow the Upper House to be home to this kind of racist dog whistling," Mr Kaye told AAP on Tuesday. "This time they caved in." Mr Kaye said Mr Nile's bill has opened the door to a "dangerous and divisive attack on one of NSW's communities".
"Letting loose the ugly bigotry that lies behind this bill will only encourage hostility to the Muslim community," he said. "While no woman should be forced to wear a burqa or any other form of clothing, this absurd bill will do nothing to enhance the rights of women."
Mr Nile has denied the bill is racist, saying his concern lay with issues of security and women's rights. The bill has been adjourned until September 2010.It is hardly surprising they want to ban them when you read stories like THIS
Keep them coming Derek ;)
While we are on the subject of New South Wales, KLA directed me to the Australian Crime Database Take a look, it's a prime example of how immigration enriches our lives.