An Australian Official Wore A Burqa In A Push For It To Be Banned

Australian Sen. Pauline Hanson is the leader of One Nation, a political party known for anti-immigrant proposals.
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An Australian Official Wore A Burqa In A Push For It To Be Banned

An Australian official wore a burqa into the Senate chamber Thursday before calling for a nationwide ban on the religious dress.

Sen. Pauline Hanson cited national security and argued burqas are a form of oppression for those wearing them.

Hanson said, "Terrorism is a true threat to our country. Many Australians are very much in fear of it."

Hanson is the leader of the far-right One Nation party — a group that's proposed banning Muslim immigration.

The party's website says: "Islam has no place in Australia if we are to live in a cohesive society."

But other officials, like Attorney-General George Brandis, criticized Hanson's move, calling it a "stunt." 

Brandis told Hanson on the Senate floor, "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."

He said the "vast majority" of Australian Muslims are "good Australians" — drawing applause from several officials.