Australian lawmakers propose severe penalties for those forcing the illegal wearing of burqas…

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Controversial Australian lawmaker Jacqui Lambie has proposed a draft law outlawing all forms of Islamic face coverings in public, levying hefty fines and jail sentences on those who compel others, especially children, to wear the attire.

The Tasmanian firebrand suggests that anyone forcing a child to wear an Islamic face covering such as a niqab should face up to a year in jail and a $68,000 (Australian) dollar fine. Compelling an adult to wear the proscribed Islamic garb, meanwhile, would be punishable by up to 6 months in prison and a $34,000 fine.

“The process will be very simple and similar to way traffic infringements are handled by police,” The Herald Sun cites the Tasmanian Senator for the Palmer United Party (PUP) as saying.

Read more: Anti-burqa protester tries to enter Australian parliament in KKK hood


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