Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

George Brandis lashes out at Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt

George Brandis lashes out at Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt

Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson is a controversial senator who walked into today's Australian Senate question time wearing the burqa.

Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said the move was a "disgraceful stunt" and priased Attorney-General George Brandis' reponse. She removed it to demand the garment be banned in public for national security reasons.

In 2014, Australia implemented a ban on the burqa and other garments covering people's face during parliament visits. Many Australians are in fear of it.

She said security staff did not ask to see her face but relied on the word of One Nation senator Brian Burston.

"George Brandis was just brilliant in the chamber", he wrote.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari, a non-practising Muslim, labelled Senator Hanson a disgrace.

Belgium, Holland and Bulgaria followed France in banning the burqa.

After being elected to the Senate in previous year, she echoed her 1996 speech, this time suggesting the country was being "swamped by Muslims".

In neutral language, but under a section called Status of Government Respect for Religious Freedom, the report noted PHON's four senators were elected on the back of a "platform which included ceasing Muslim immigration".

"This separation is a barrier to the formation of relationships so necessary to integrate into the Australian way of life".

Saying that if a man wants to wear one I'm all for that too.

Senate president Stephen Parry said Ms Hanson's identity had been confirmed before she entered the chamber.

Mr. Brandis said that about half a million people practice Islam in Australia, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding "good Australians".

Senator Hanson on Friday said she had not received any negative feedback from the Muslim community, referencing a message she says she received from a Saudi Arabian woman in support of her push to ban the Islamic garment.

Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong added: "It is one thing to wear religious dress as a honest act of faith; it is another to wear it as a stunt here in the Senate".

They have no place in our modern society. Australia has a sizable Muslim population, which other senators said would be offended by the insincere use of their religious dress. It is another to wear it as a stunt. "Be very, very careful of the offence you may give".

"Nobody needs to defend Senator Hanson's right to speak".

Another suggested that she might be more at home in a white face-covering, implying that she would be more at home among the members of the KKK.

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