Christian Democratic Party leader the Reverend Fred Nile wants a ban on the wearing of face coverings in public.
Last week Rev Nile introduced a private members bill into the NSW parliament outlining the plan. The bill will be debated in state parliament this week.
Issues of national security and the threat of Islamic State are reasons for the bill, according to Rev Nile.
“We also face the new Islamic State terrorist threat, whose black uniforms for both men and women include face coverings to prevent identification,” Rev Nile said.
In 2010, Rev Nile introduced a similar ban that failed to pass through parliament. Belgium and France had passed laws that same year banning face coverings.
The bill proposes a $550 fine for a person who covers their face in public. An $1100 penalty would also be issued to a person who forces someone else to cover his or her face.
Face coverings would only be allowed under certain circumstances including during a parade or religious services.
Recently, Rev Nile joined calls for a ban on the IS flag
after reports of one being auctioned at a Sydney mosque.
“They fly the flag as something to be proud of – they should be ashamed of beheading people and selling women into slavery,” he said.
In recent months, Christians and other religious minority groups have suffered under the brutal regime of IS in Iraq. Christians are being forced to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax, or face death.
The Australian government last week committed to sending planes and troops to Iraq to fight IS militants.
“Australia is prepared to engage in these operations because of the threat that this murderous death cult poses ... because it has ambitions beyond any other group to arise so far,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
In response to the persecution, ACL launched a campaign
calling on the federal government to increase its humanitarian intake.Listen
to Iraqi-born Assistant Parish Priest Father Paul Mingana speak about refugee places for persecuted Christians with ACL’s Katherine Spackman.