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Australian state toughens law for Muslim veils
by Rod McGuirk
Muslim women in Australia's most populous state will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws giving New South Wales officials authority to look under religious face coverings.
New South Wales state Attorney General Greg Smith said in a statement Monday that beginning April 30, officials such as justices of the peace and lawyers who witness statutory declarations or affidavits without making identity checks will be fined $236.
"If a person is wearing a face covering, an authorized witness should politely and respectfully ask them to show their face," Smith said.
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