The Full Face Covering Debate: An Australian Perspective

13 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2012 Last revised: 27 Nov 2012

Renae Barker

University of Western Australia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 19, 2012

Abstract

The wearing of full face coverings by women in public, such as burqas and niqabs, has become a controversial and hotly debated issue both in Australia and around the world. While some overseas jurisdictions have opted to ban full face coverings Australia, despite some attempts to ban full face coverings, has so far opted for a more nuanced approach. This article examines the Australian debate from the calls for a complete ban of full face coverings by political leaders such as Senators Fred Nile and Cory Bernardi through to the passage of the Identification Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (NSW). In particular the article highlights that more recent debate on the issue has focused on ways in which concerns surrounding security and identity checks can be met without imposing a blanket ban on the wearing of full face coverings.

Keywords: trail process, full face coverings, religion

Suggested Citation

Barker, Renae, The Full Face Covering Debate: An Australian Perspective (November 19, 2012). University of Western Australia Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177770 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2177770

Renae Barker (Contact Author)

University of Western Australia - Faculty of Law ( email )

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