Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament

An Australian senator wore a burqa in Parliament as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face coverings, provoking an angry backlash from lawmakers.

Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti- immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for more than 10 minutes today before taking it off as she rose to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds, Associated Press reported.

Attorney-General George Brandis drew applause when he said his government would not ban the burqa, and chastised Hanson for what he described as a “stunt” that offended Australia’s Muslim minority.

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