5 Jul 2011

NSW police given power to request veils be removed

4:10 pm on 5 July 2011

Islamic leaders say they are comfortable with the New South Wales Government's decision to give police the power to demand the removal of burkas and other face veils.

Cabinet approved the changes on Monday to bolster police powers during routine car stops, if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a crime has been committed, the ABC reports.

The Western Australian Government is also considering the introduction of laws applying to all face coverings, including helmets.

The Islamic Council of New South Wales says it accepts the decision, while the Muslim Women's Association says it has no problem if the powers are handled sensitively.