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Nicknamed the 'burqa bill' in the halls of parliament, independent MP Peter Wellington's Identification Laws amendment bill was voted down by both Labor and LNP government MPs in a rare show of accord overnight.

The Nicklin MP put the private member's bill forward in August last year with the aim that, in appropriate circumstances, a "police officer, a corrective services or similar officer, a lawyer, a justice of the peace or a commissioner for declaration" could "lawfully" demand a person remove any face coverings so they could be identified.

The Legal Affairs parliamentary committee recommended against passing the proposed legislation, which has been the fate of every non-government bill laid out for committee scrutiny.


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