Australian senator argues for burqa ban in public places

2017-09-14 21:32


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Canberra - An Australian senator who a month ago provoked an angry backlash by wearing a burqa in Parliament, has urged lawmakers to ban full-face Islamic coverings in public places.

One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson was arguing on Thursday for proposed laws that she introduced into the Senate that would make wearing full-face coverings an offence punishable by a 4 200 Australian dollar ($3 400) fine.

Three senators, including Hanson, argued over her bill before a majority of senators shut down debate until a later date.

Hanson is an outspoken fan of President Donald Trump. She sat in the Senate last month wearing black head-to-ankle garments for more than 10 minutes before removing the veil.

Her actions were widely condemned by senators as insulting to Muslims, but it provoked national debate.

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