Support Grows For A Ban On Burqas At Parliament House In Canberra

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Support is growing to ban the wearing of burqas, a face covering garment used by women under some Islamic traditions, in public at Parlaiment House in Canberra on securities grounds.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Peta Credlin, an adviser to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has told Liberal National MP George Christensen she is sympathetic to a ban.

Christensen last week said that “Team Australia needs to make this decision (to ban the burqa)” in public spaces.

Credlin also reportedly expressed support for the burqa to be banned for the same reason that motorbike helmets and balaclavas are not allowed in Parliament.

Any ban would need a decision by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry. They are meeting intelligence officials this week.

Security at Parliament House was upgraded after police agencies detected “chatter” about a possible terrorist attack on the building.

Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie wants the burqa banned from all public places to minimise public security risks.

The Burqa is banned in public in France under a law which prohibits concealment of the face in public spaces.

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