PAULINE Hanson leads the extreme anti-immigration One Nation party
Pauline Hanson, leader of the extreme anti-immigration One Nation party, wore the black garment for more than ten minutes at Parliamentary Question Time today, entering the chamber to gasps of, “What on earth?”.
Australian politician Pauline Hanson wears burqa in Parliament ahead of motion to ban garment
Pauline Hanson wore the Islamic garment at Parliamentary Question Time on Thursday
The controversial politician removed the burka as she called for it to be banned
Hanson wants the burka banned for 'national security reasons'
She then removed it as she stood up to demand the outfits be banned on national security grounds.
She claimed: “There has been a large majority of Australians (who) wish to see the banning of the burka.”
But Attorney-General George Brandis said his government would not ban the burka, blasting Hanson’s stunt as he was seen choking back tears.
He said: “To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done.”
Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong added: “It is one thing to wear religious dress as a sincere act of faith; it is another to wear it as a stunt here in the Senate.”
Meanwhile, Sam Dastyari, an opposition senator and an Iranian-born Muslim, said: “We have seen the stunt of all stunts in this chamber by Sen Hanson.
“The close to 500,000 Muslim Australians do not deserve to be targeted, do not deserve to be marginalised, do not deserve to be ridiculed, do not deserve to have their faith made some political point by the desperate leader of a desperate political party.”
Senate President Stephen Parry said Hanson’s identity had been confirmed before she entered the chamber, countering her claim that she entered the Senate without being checked.
Meanwhile, the stunt caused outrage on social media, with many user sharing their disgust.
One Twitter user said: “Pauline Hanson needs to get out of politics she’s a joke,”
And another added: “Pauline Hanson is a fool and does not represent the Australian people.”
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