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Jacqui Lambie's burqa ban bill raises significant constitutional issues, says expert George Williams
by Latika Bourke
Jacqui Lambie's attempt to fine and jail any person found to have forced a young woman to wear a burqa raises two "significant constitutional issues", an expert has warned.
The Palmer United senator wants to fine parents of Muslim girls $34,000 and jail them for up to 12 months if they force their child to wear a burqa in Australia. She also wants police to issue on the spot $3400 fines if they wear the burqa in public.
Her bill is unlikely to succeed as neither major party supports her push and her own party leader Clive Palmer has publicly distanced himself from the senator's strident anti-Islam comments.
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