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Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 16:21
Australia’s One Nation party leader wears black burqa and enters senate chamber
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The leader of Australia’s rightwing One Nation party has been rebuked by the Turnbull government for entering the Senate chamber wearing a black burqa.

Pauline Hanson caused a commotion by arriving at the Senate chamber today for the daily question time session dressed in a black burqa, which was designed to underscore a call she intended to make to ban the religious garment, citing national security concerns.

The leader of the government in the senate, the attorney general George Brandis, told the One Nation leader the ruling Coalition had no intention of banning the burqa.

In remarks that secured him a standing ovation from the opposition Labor party, and the Greens party, as well as other crossbench senators, Brandis warned Hanson against indulging in behaviour that Muslim Australians would find offensive.

“Senator Hanson, no, we will not be banning the burqa,” Brandis told the senate.

“Senator Hanson, I’m not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith.

“I would caution you and counsel you, Senator Hanson, with respect, to be very very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians.”

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson takes off a burqa she wore wore to question time in the Senate chamber.

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