AUSTRALIA - NEW SOUTH WALES STATE - WOMEN MUST REMOVE VEILS FOR OFFICIAL SIGNATURES
March 2012 - CANBERRA, Australia — Muslim women will have to remove face veils
when having their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws in New
South Wales, Australia's most populous state.
State Attorney General Greg Smith said on Monday that officials who fail to check identities will face fines under laws recently approved by the state legislature.
The laws are a response to a notorious court case last year in which a Sydney woman was convicted of falsely claiming that a traffic policeman had attempted to remove her niqab — a veil that reveals only the eyes.
A judge overturned the conviction