Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised attorney-general George Brandis, who he says “spoke with eloquence and with wisdom” yesterday after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson called for the banning of the burqa in the senate.
Hanson arrived to the senate meeting wearing the full black covering of a burqa before getting to her feet, when invited by the senate president, to ask about banning the burqa in Australia “in light of national security”.
In response, Brandis said: “To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done”.
He received a standing ovation from numerous senate members.
Speaking at a media conference following the attacks in Barcelona, Turnbull said: “I want to reinforce… our best allies, our indispensable allies, in the battle against Islamist extremism, against Islamist terrorism is the Muslim community,” he said.
“They are our best allies in every respect,” adding that the foundation of our multicultural society and our national security is mutual respect.
“Mutual respect is critical.”
When asked about Hanson’s actions, Turnbull simply commended Brandis on his handling of the event.
“It was a stunt and I am not going to dignify stunts in the senate with much more commentary other than to say that George spoke with great eloquence and wisdom.”
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