Pauline Hanson slammed for burqa stunt in Senate

17 August, 2017, 10:31 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Australia: Far right politician wears burqa in parliament

Senator Pauline Hanson has requested that she be immediately imprisoned and shipped offshore following a political stunt which saw her wear a burqa in the Senate today.

With his voice cracking, Senator Brandis described Ms Hanson's move to wear the Muslim garment to the Senate and then remove it as "appalling".

"I make this point on behalf of all of us on this side of the chamber, it is one thing to wear religious dress as a honest act of faith, there is another to wear it as a stunt here in the chamber", she said.

Labor, Liberal and Greens senators have united in their praise for Attorney General George Brandis, after he delivered an impassioned speech to One Nation's Pauline Hanson.

But her argument kind of falls apart thanks to the fact that she very much did identify herself - as is the security custom of the Senate - before entering.

Hanson smiled throughout Brandis' answer, and visibly delighted with the commotion caused by her intervention, left the Senate chamber shortly after her designated question.

Other Twitter users labelled the Senator a "moron", "a joke", "insensitive" and "an utter fool".

In reply, Mr Parry said he was not going to rule on dress standards in the Australian Parliament.

Hanson later took off the burqa in order to ask a question about whether the government would consider banning the burqa.

"You are not an adherent of the Islamic faith", Brandis said.

"I understand that she is not a Muslim, not of Islamic faith", Senator Hinch asked the president.

Independent senator Cory Bernardi also weighed in on the stunt.

The One Nation leader's question was posed to Brandis along the following lines: "In light of our national security of this nation, will [the government] work with me to actually ban the burqa in Australia considering there have been 13 foiled national threats against us with terrorism, three that have been successful that Australians have lost their lives?"

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