Muslim women would have to remove their veils and show their faces to police on request or risk going to prison under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state to be introduced to parliament next week.

The New South Wales state government said Friday that under the law, police would be able to require anyone to remove a face covering for identification purposes — including a burqa, niqab, helmet or mask.

Penalties for those who refuse would include a year in prison.

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