Pauline Hanson Explains Why She Wore A Burqa In Parliament

Posted August 18, 2017

Senator Hanson said she wanted the government to ban "full face coverings" in public places.

Photo Senators applauding after Attorney General George Brandis, not pictured, criticized Ms. Hanson for wearing a burqa.

PAULINE Hanson's office says its phone had been ringing non-stop in support of her Senate burqa stunt, in which she wore the religious garb into the chamber before dramatically ripping it off to make a point about terrorism security flaws.

Australian One Nation party leader, Senator Pauline Hanson wears a burqa in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 17, 2017.

Last month, Australian authorities thwarted alleged twin terror plots described as the "most sophisticated" ever planned on Australian soil.

"That's absolute rubbish -I'm not mocking anyone", she said.

"We need laws to stop terrorism before it happens and the ability of others to see a face is an important part of assessing that risk", Senator Hanson said.

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"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", said opposition senate leader Penny Wong.

"Senator Brandis, in light of the national security of this nation, will you work with me to ban the burqa in Australia".

"No, Senator Hanson, we will not ban the burka".

An anti-Muslim politician caused outrage after turning up to parliament wearing a burqa.

Thank you George Brandis for your fine words today.

But is religious discrimination to be banned, only to allow the oppression of women in a garment some would also argue is archaic?

"I'm just going to reflect on the mode of dress that Senator Hanson is using, but we'll continue with Question Time".

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But her statement contradicts that of Australia's senate president, Stephen Parry, who said her identity was confirmed before she entered the chamber.

The One Nation leader tried to create the impression she was Harry Potter under a politically correct invisibility cloak when she spoke to the media afterwards.

Hanson is known for her controversial views on racism, immigration, and xenophobia.

Pauline Hanson's chief-of-staff James Ashby assists her with the burqa.

She said it was an uncomfortable experience wearing the burqa.

Senator Hanson hit back at the suggestions she was mocking the Islamic faith.

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