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Australia's Pauline Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:22

Australian senator Pauline Hanson dresses in a burqa during a session of the Australian parliament in an effort to have the Islamic garments banned. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday (August 17) as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, drawing a quick rebuke from the government and Muslims. Hanson sat in her seat in the assembly for about 20 minutes covered by the black burqa before removing it to call for them to be banned in public for national security reasons. Hanson, who first rose to prominence in the 1990s because of her strident opposition to immigration from Asia and to asylum seekers, has in recent years campaigned against Islamic clothing and the building of mosques. Her party has four senators, which gives it influence in parliament when closely contested legislation is being voted on. Attorney-General George Brandis rebuked Hanson.

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Australia's Pauline Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:22