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Parliament passes new burqa law
A new law requiring Muslim women to remove a burqa or niqab to prove their identity to WA police has been passed by the State's parliament.
The legislation was drafted in response to public outcry about the case of burqa-wearing mother-of-seven Carnita Matthews, who had a conviction of knowingly making a false statement quashed.
Ms Matthews was originally given a six-month jail sentence after being found guilty of falsely accusing a senior constable of forcibly trying to remove her burqa when she was pulled over while driving in Woodbine in Sydney's southwest in June 2010.
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