Pauline Hanson Has Called For A Plebiscite To Ban The Burqa
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has called for a plebiscite to decide whether the burqa should be banned in Australia, calling the country pathetic for giving up it's own values to allow the Muslim garment.
This comes as the Senate is currently debating a private bill to ban full-face coverings in commonwealth jurisdictions such as airports and banks, as well as the ACT and Northern Territory. This bill was introduced by crossbencher Jacqui Lambie.
Speaking to the Parliament, Senator Hanson said, "Are we that pathetic as a nation that we're giving up our values and who we truly are because we're worried about hurting someone's feelings?"
Ms Hanson has previously spoken about her feelings towards the burqa in Australia and caused serious controversy by wearing one into the Senate chamber to prove her point.
She has claimed that the full-face covering has already been banned in many other countries, including those of Muslim faith, and that Australia needs to change its laws before becoming a "basket case".
"If you're quite happy to have a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, then I suggest having a plebiscite and let the people have a say at the next election on whether they want full-face coverings in this country, if you haven't go the guts to do it here," she said.
"We have fought for women's rights in this country...yet you're not prepared to stand up and fight for the rights of these women who are probably made to wear these garments."
Ms Hanson's beliefs were supported by conservative crossbencher Cory Bernardi, who claimed that terror threats could be more easily identified if they targeted those wearing the burqa, and has insisted that those wearing the garment in Australia are directly challenging our values.
"If you want to identify where the radical threats are in your society, look for the individual wearing the burqa," he said.
"No moderate Muslim wears the burqa. They are fundamentalists."
Senator Bernardi continued by saying, "This is a cultural export from the woman-hating regime in Saudi Arabia. It sends a message to every Australian - I do not want to be part of you."