Excerpt:

Queensland's Premier has defended the right of judges to decide what people should wear in their courtrooms, after a Brisbane magistrate questioned whether a Saudi woman should have been allowed to wear a full burqa.

John Costello was sentencing the woman for leaving her baby unattended in a hot car for 45 minutes last year, when he raised concerns about her religious attire.

"This is an Australian court," Mr Costello said.


Read the complete original version of this item...