A mural urging governments to outlaw the burqa has appeared in the trendy inner-city suburb of Newtown.

Local artist Sergio Redegalli painted the "Say no to burqas" sign on the outside of workshop this week to start a debate about the practice of wearing face-covering veils.

Redegalli said burqas and niqabs are symbols of religious extremism and were becoming more prevalent in Australia.

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