One Nation leader Pauline Hanson appeared in the Australian
senate today wearing the full black covering of a burqa.
She wore it for several minutes until leaping to her feet when
the Senate President gave her the call to ask a question asking
to ban the burqa in Australia – a long-running call from the
controversial Queensland senator, who claimed that the country
was going to be over-run with Muslims when she returned to
parliament last year.
She subsequently issued the following media release on Facebook:
Senator Pauline Hanson has attended question time dressed
modestly in a full burqa and will later be delivering a speech
in Parliament calling for the Government to ban full face
coverings in public.
Senator Hanson said she made the decision to attend question
time in a full face covering because she believed the need to
ban full face coverings in public was an important issue facing
modern Australia that needed to be discussed.
Senator Hanson said she wished to raise the issue of full face
covering presenting a security threat not only to Parliament
House, but also to the greater Australian public.
Senator Hanson said that she believed that full face covering,
such as the burqa, were oppressive, presented barriers to
assimilation, disadvantaged women from finding employment, were
causing issues inside our justice system, presented a clear
security threat and had no place in modern Western society.
Senator Hanson said that this was a debate that was happening
across the world and Australia could not hide from a difficult
conversation out of fear of causing offense.
Senator Hanson is scheduled to deliver a speech outlining the
full extent of her position later today.
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