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A far-right Australian senator wore a burqa in Parliament


A far-right Australian senator provoked widespread outrage Thursday by wearing a burqa in Parliament House in Canberra, according to CNN.

CNN reported Thursday that One Nation leader Pauline Hanson entered Parliament’s Senate chamber wearing the full-length Islamic garment to surprise from other senators.

“I’m quite happy to remove this because it’s not what should belong in this Parliament,” she said after removing the veil.

“In light of what is happening with national security … will you work to ban the burqa?” she then asked Australian Attorney General George Brandis.

Brandis, who is a member of Australia’s governing Liberal National coalition, responded by deriding Hanson’s decision to wear the Muslim dress.

“Senator Hanson, no, we will not be banning the burqa,” he said, seemingly becoming emotional and close to tears.

“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,” Brandis added.

“To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do.”

Hanson has long demanded that the burqa be publicly banned, describing the core reason as “the right of others to see a face.”

The far-right lawmaker on Thursday reiterated that terrorism is another concern behind her proposed idea.

“This is not the first case of this kind and it will not be the last,” Hanson said, referencing an incident in July.

Hanson was citing at attack on the Iranian Parliament building in Tehran last month that killed at least 12 people.

Six attackers reportedly implemented simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults during the incident, and the men are believed to have worn burqas during the bloodshed.

Australia has experienced five terrorism attacks and 13 “major counter terrorism disruptions” since September 2014, according to the Australian Security Intelligence Organization.

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