Police in Australia's New South Wales state have been given more powers to remove burkas and other face coverings to identify crime suspects.
Anyone who refuses to show their face could now be jailed for up to a year or face a heavy fine.
The move follows the recent case of a Muslim woman who was acquitted after a judge ruled her Islamic veil made a positive identification impossible.
Islamic leaders in the state said they were comfortable with the new measure.
The New South Wales government approved the changes at a meeting late on Monday.
"I don't care whether a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, a burka, niqab, face veil or anything else, the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear," Premier Barry O'Farrell said. (...)