Tony Abbott Says He Finds The Burqa Confronting

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott finds the burqa confronting.

“I find it fairly confronting attire,” he told a press conference. “Frankly I wish it was not worn”.

He was commenting on calls for the Islamic clothing, which covers the face, to be banned from Parliament House in Canberra.

He says no-one has attempted to enter Parliament with a burqa so there would no point to a national debate on whether or not to ban the clothing from Parliament House.

“People need to be identifiable in a secure building such as this,” Mr Abbott said.

“If the rule requires you to show a face, you show your face.

“I find it confronting … but it’s a free society and the government can’t tell people what to wear.”

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