Mother and daughter claim Bible means no photos for licence

A CHRISTIAN mother and her daughter have failed to prove that a State Government requirement compelling them to be photographed in order to hold a driver’s licence, was an act of religious discrimination.

While women of Muslim faith have garnered national headlines for claiming religious discrimination in forcing them to remove traditional face-covering attire in certain settings, the case involving the two Christian women is believed to be an Australian first.

The pair complained to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal that a decision by the Queensland Government's Department of Transport to refuse them driver's licences unless they submitted to being photographed, was discriminatory.

The Sunday Mail, in October 2012, revealed the women, who could be named at the time but are now the subject of a suppression order, claimed that being forced to have their pictures taken for the purpose of a licence violated one of God's 10 Commandments.

The pair, identifiable only as "SE'' and "ME'', argued Queensland Transport's refusal to issue them with licences due to their religious beliefs was a breach of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

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