Australian politician blasted for wearing burqa while calling for ban in Senate

Australian politician blasted for wearing burqa while calling for ban in Senate

Pauline Hanson caused a commotion when she entered the chamber wearing the garment

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Australian politican calling for a ban on burqas has been heavily criticised for wearing one in the Senate. 

Pauline Hanson caused a commotion when she entered the chamber wearing the garment. 

The leader of the rightwing One Nation party wore the burqa to support her argument that it causes national security concerns. 

But she was blasted for her decision by the ruling Australian government under Malcolm Turnbull.

The government leader in the Senate, George Brandis, made it clear the Liberal-National Coalition will not be banning the garment. 

He cautioned Hanson against acting in a way which might offend Australians, in remarks which earned him a standing ovation. 

Despite this, the One Nation party leader was unrepentant, smiling through Brandis's rebuke and leaving the chamber after her question was asked. 

Hanson's party has called for a Trump-style ban on Muslims travelling to Australia, among other anti-Islamic policies. 

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