18th Jan 2017
Hanson calls burqa an “evil tool” and pushes for ban

One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson says she will establish a state-wide ban on the burqa if her party wins influence in the Queensland state election, scheduled to be held in or before 2018.

Vowing that her party will do its best to “lead the way in Queensland,” Senator Hanson has set her sights on seeing that the burqa is banned in government buildings, banks and schools.

Six countries, including France, Italy and Russia, have placed bans on wearing the burqa in public. Others, such as the UK, and Germany, are in discussion about a possible or partial ban.

“We have some big plans and ideas, and you know what I’m going to do – we’re going to investigate it – ban the burqa in government buildings and banks and schools in Queensland," said Senator Hanson.

“No driver’s licences wearing the burqa or anything like that,” she said.

This is despite current Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads guidelines, which already ban facial coverings.

“If you wear headwear for religious reasons, it must be adjusted so that all facial features from the bottom of your chin to top of your forehead (including both edges of your face) are clearly shown,” states the government website.

The burqa is categorised as a religious veil with a mesh panel across the eyes to allow for vision, worn by a woman to cover the entire body and face.

In 2014, a ban on the burqa in Parliament House, Canberra, supported by Bronwyn Bishop and Stephen Parry, was reversed after criticism that it racially vilified those who wore it.

At the time, former prime minister Tony Abbott, who opposed a public ban of the burqa said, “We are free country, we are a free society and it’s not the business of Government to tell people what they should and shouldn’t wear.” 

However, he then went on to say, “I find it a fairly confronting form of attire and frankly I wish it weren't worn… but I just want to stress that this [Parliament House] is a secure building and it should be governed by the rules that are appropriate for a secure building and obviously people need to be identifiable in a secure building such as this.”

As well as banning the burqa, the One Nation Party wants to see a ban on new mosque construction and a Royal Commission into Islam, which it states is not a religion but rather, a political ideology.

In Melbourne, Victoria’s multicultural affairs minister, Robin Scott took action in removing an Australia Day billboard featuring two women in hijabs, after threats were made to the company behind it.

The digital billboard, placed alongside a freeway, featured various images of people with different cultural backgrounds but had just one image of women wearing Muslim attire. However, hundreds of people criticised it for being overly politically correct.

“This isn’t a reflection of Australia Day, are we losing our own culture to be politically correct??,” one Sydney woman wrote on Facebook.

A 2011 report by ASIO for the Government says a burqa ban is unadvisable because it is likely to increase social tension and provide fuel for extremists.

“The security implications of any such ban are likely to be predominantly, if not wholly, negative,” the report states.

Read more at sbs.com.au

Read more at theguardian.com

Opinion: Burqa ban would affect us all 

Australia is considered one of the world’s most successful multicultural nations. As a consequence, this should make it one of the most open-minded in the world. Instead, this land of the ‘fair go’ is imprisoned by fear – trumped-up by the local and global media, which claims that diversity is something to fear rather than embrace.

As the online world continues to expand, connecting people across countries, cultures, religions and races via social media, our offline world is getting smaller. The internet has given rise to global communities. In other words, we can’t just say we belong to a particular country or that those within this country are our only people. This would be to seriously undermine our own potential to comprehend our world and grow as humans.

Yesterday, Senator Hanson posted this tweet:

Apart from the unadorned prejudice revealed by this comment, there’s a complicated irony that’s unsettling. Putting aside the troubling idea of a “religious right”, the suggestion that the burqa is “oppressive” is ironic, given the policy that Senator Hanson’s party is pushing. The statement that the burqa is an “extreme national security risk” is neither here nor there, since burqas are unlikely to wander into a country and do any harm by themselves. Plus, ASIO’s research suggests that a ban on burqas is more likely to incite extremism rather than quell it.

There’s a final problem here that is not often addressed and that’s one of gender (yes, here we go). Burqas are traditionally and typically worn by women. Associating the burqa with religious extremism, by logic, associates the Muslim women who wear it with that same extremism. And for that, we have the media to thank. To ban the burqa would be to restrict the religious freedom of Muslim women – who might or might not have a choice in the matter of wearing one (but that isn’t an issue that seems to particularly concern Senator Hanson). It’s just a convenient diversion that she sometimes taps into to help support her prejudiced views.

And we can talk about national security, terrorists, oppression, political correctness, what being ‘Australian’ means, leftie feminists and Donald Trump until the cows come home, but Senator Hanson’s beliefs are prejudiced.

What do you think? Do you agree that banning the burqa would pose more of a risk to national security? If you support the ban, what are your reasons for doing so?

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    superboy
    18th Jan 2017
    10:02am
    The burka is a fairly recent addition to the muslim ideology. I have Malaysian friends (muslim) who wear only a headscarf and that is acceptable. I totally reject the option of the burka or hijab in Australian society. That does not make me racist but it does mean I am against certain religious practices in our counrty andthat includes this type of covering. No face covering should be allowed in public.
    Anonymous
    18th Jan 2017
    11:17am
    Spot on. France has banned the burqa and for common-sense reasons.
    France and the French have had vastly more contact with Islamic extremism and culture than Australia has, and they understand the need to challenge Islamic cultural "needs" that demand attention, that demand preferential treatment, and that allow unelected imams and Islamic teachers, to assume unauthorised power over their "adherents", and thereby assume power over local authorities and laws.
    suzyq
    18th Jan 2017
    2:13pm
    That's right, i lived in Malaysia, a Muslim country, and didn't see one burka in two years. I visited my girls in Melbourne last year and went to Northland, and they were everywhere. I did feel threatened, just not knowing if there was a crazy there. I know most of them are normal people. But it's amazing how many mentally unstable young men there are, according to the powers that be. There is no terrorism, just mentally unstable lone wolves. How can anyone dismiss our fears when it will happen here one day.
    Rae
    18th Jan 2017
    3:08pm
    I've heard it is the costume of choice of shoplifters as well. There are slits in the sides of the costume and bags attached to hips underneath. And no guard willing to do or say anything.
    motaleon
    18th Jan 2017
    10:43pm
    With you all the way. What is to stop a man from wearing the burqa and carry a machine gun? Also, there should be a crackdown on centrelink claims for multiple wives and their offspring. None of these people should be admitted to Australia with multiple wives, and they should be made aware of the Australian laws on bigamy and their requirement to to adhere to Australian law and no other on all matters.
    Retired Knowall
    19th Jan 2017
    10:27am
    I'm against ALL religious practices, Homophobes and Bogan Bigots.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    1:58pm
    I'm against Heterophobes meself.... just saying.... dang - Heterophobe needs a spell check.... just goes to show, eh?
    Retired Knowall
    20th Jan 2017
    10:48am
    Trebor, now you are Projecting.
    dougie
    18th Jan 2017
    10:07am
    First I am not a Hanson supporter. However as the leader of a political party she has the right to put forward her party agenda as a party line at election time. This then places her party and hopeful politicians in the hands of the voters, they make the final decision. If sufficient people vote for her party so as to elect a number of state politicians she then has a right to carry this matter forward to parliament. Should she be in the position of holding the "balance of power" her position is quite strong. So people of all states be aware of this and vote accordingly.
    If one state is in fact successful in obtaining legislation such as this, then watch other states in their rush to follow suit. Remember Queensland has no "House of Review". Probably the easiest state to secure such legislation.
    I make no comment as to my feelings on the matter as I consider them to be private and personal and would not open them up to some of the raving and ranting that happens on this site.
    john
    18th Jan 2017
    12:35pm
    If you have an opinion then have the courage to share it!

    If you put this type of nothing ness into a comment, then don't even bother coming online.

    You have actually just said a few words that every one already understands in terms of votes and QLD, why bother?
    dougie
    18th Jan 2017
    1:46pm
    John,
    I will share my opinion with those who have the decency to read it - think about it and comment on it in a reasonable and meaningful way.
    Obviously to you, my statement of the facts of the Queensland electoral system and the reaction that it could and would have on voters and politicians in other states, has no bearing whatsoever. This of course is your right to criticize and I accept it but maybe not everyone is as knowledgeable about Queensland Politics as you are.
    Anyway I consider that your response was a little bit of nothing ness and will not affect the way I think and write.
    Rae
    19th Jan 2017
    9:20am
    The problem is that not many really understand the Australian Political system.

    They do not understand how very powerful the States are.

    I agree dougie that Queensland would be better served with a bi cameral system and that lacking an upper house does allow a lot to pass through that shouldn't.

    However from my experience the Queensland local governments are far better than NSW and provide great facilities for ratepayers that are not available in the other States.
    dougie
    19th Jan 2017
    4:33pm
    Rae,
    Could not agree more on the Local Government issues. Having lived in both states my only doubt is with some near metro. councils which are very clearly run on political party basis (again some personal experience) Rural councils seem to be run more on a what's best for the community basis. Still most are genuine for the people councils.
    4b2
    18th Jan 2017
    10:10am
    I believe the Queensland Premier put Pauline in her place. She knows nothing, all she does is jump on popular ignorance just like the shock jocks. Stop giving her and others like her any publicity. Replaying her ignorance just fuels the red necks intolerance and prejudice.
    (comment edited by YLC)
    Pablo
    18th Jan 2017
    10:35am
    I don't care what Anna Palaszczuk and the other dopey lefties say, the burqa is a confronting image to me and millions of other Australians, and it is a symbol of the danger that we face from muslims!
    Happy cyclist
    18th Jan 2017
    10:40am
    I agree with you 4b2, PH just fuels hatred and intolerance. Personally, I would be much happier to see tattoos banned. I find being served in a cafe by someone with tattoos up and down their limbs terribly confronting and they look so dirty, give me a burqa any day!
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    11:08am
    I think we could look at the issues of personal sovereignty and societal security, rather than offering up a final judgement on the basis of our interpretation of the messenger.......

    Just saying.....
    Anonymous
    18th Jan 2017
    11:43am
    Got that one spot on Pablo and TREBOR you need to try and write something which is sensible and not a lot of crap.
    john
    18th Jan 2017
    12:43pm
    Well 4B2 its not popular ignorance , its simple fact that most people on this earth regard the head covering full cover or part, as Islamic, and to put it on a billboard as an ad for Australia day, has not just offended me , but made me infuriated, if you can't see why maybe you better think again.

    Remember a very important thing, this head covering representing Islam , also represents the minority of murdering scum that hate the west, not all Muslims are that way, but their religion can incline them to think that way , so it is dangerous , also I doubt every German was NOT a Nazi, but would you put a swastika on an advertisement for Australia day.

    Learn to understand better friend. Perhaps you are one of those Di Natali misled, to good for your own good, types?
    Sundays
    18th Jan 2017
    12:43pm
    Yes, 4b2 she did explaining that in Qld, you can't wear a burqa in government buildings or when applying for a drivers license
    Sundays
    18th Jan 2017
    12:55pm
    That said, the burqa is not the headscarf and is worn by those who do not wish to become part of Australian society because our ways do not fit in with theirs!
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    1:21pm
    Roby - you need to understand English - I know I sound like some absent-minded professor sometimes - but surely you understand that personal sovereignty means that woman owning her own body, and societal security simply means you can't have masked women running around everywhere, and that you should be looking at the issue and not at who speaks it - in this case Pauline Hanson.
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    1:26pm
    Sundays - when a burqua wearer removes her headcovering for a licence photo (or airport security) it must be done in a private room in the presence of only a female operator. This of course is a problem in country areas where such facilities (policewoman able to operate the camera & a spare private room) may not be available.
    I any case there is an added cost - borne by the taxpayer.
    And any person (including a police person) is legally unable to require removal of the burqua/hijab to compare the Muslim's licence photo with the face of the Muslim driver
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    1:38pm
    Do they drive a car wearing that head dress? If they can't go out in public without it, why would they need a driver's license?

    I recall a case where a woman claimed discrimination and assault by a police officer who requested removal of her Islamic face covering.. anyone recall the outcome? I think it was thrown out of court.

    It's a bit like the finding after the OK Corral shoot-out - the judge was amazed that the Clantons etc should expect to be entitled to demand that the police officers (the Earps and Doc Halliday) lay down their weapons, and submit to their demands. You can't have people refusing to be identified in traffic or other matters.
    buby
    18th Jan 2017
    2:06pm
    well said Trebor, i think Pauline is misjudged by many, i'm sure she only wants Australia to live well, and to be a secure place to live in!!!
    Those that don't want that should go back where they come from.
    Many have lived in and integrated, and many are fighting that.
    Why, yet many come from war torn countries, but don't stay home to fight for their land. they are the sneaky kind and need to be watched.
    I guess its easier to take over another country another system slowly but surely to suit their needs.
    they not stupid ha!!!
    buby
    18th Jan 2017
    2:06pm
    well said Trebor, i think Pauline is misjudged by many, i'm sure she only wants Australia to live well, and to be a secure place to live in!!!
    Those that don't want that should go back where they come from.
    Many have lived in and integrated, and many are fighting that.
    Why, yet many come from war torn countries, but don't stay home to fight for their land. they are the sneaky kind and need to be watched.
    I guess its easier to take over another country another system slowly but surely to suit their needs.
    they not stupid ha!!!
    suzyq
    18th Jan 2017
    2:24pm
    They do drive in the burka Trebor, I have seen them and wonder about periphial vision. Maybe thats something else we should be concerned with
    suzyq
    18th Jan 2017
    2:24pm
    They do drive in the burka Trebor, I have seen them and wonder about periphial vision. Maybe thats something else we should be concerned with
    FrankC
    18th Jan 2017
    2:29pm
    yes , happy cyclist, I agree, some of these waitresses have tattoos down both arms and that is confronting, and lowers the character of the person 'wearing' them. Do they not realise that they are there forever. Perhaps they hope that their husband or children will not object to this hideous decoration. One small one on the shoulder perhaps, but a whole "armful',--no way.
    On another point, I worked with two muslim girls, who stated they would not wear the scarf to work, so it wouldn't offend anyone !
    Seems like it was not compulsory.
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    3:09pm
    Trebor re the court case involving a Burqua driver
    The court threw out the case because the policeman could not say that the Muslim driver was the same person as in court (because of the burqua)
    I understand the NSW police now have the authority to require a driver to remove any face-covering
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:36pm
    Preface:- I am not a total fan of Pauline Hanson and believe her personal ideology has some faults due to lack of complete understanding of issues.

    That aside, issues such as this should be openly discussed and a resolution arrive at.....

    If they drive in that head dress, it is no wonder they would be pulled over and asked to identify themselves. You are not legally allowed to have skeletons and dice hanging from your rear vision mirror since that is obstructing the driver's vision - though I see many vehicles getting away with that.

    So why would you be allowed to drive with a restrictive head dress that not only obstructs your forward vision, but also your peripheral vision, AND your ability to turn your 'head on a swivel' to ensure that no other vehicle is in hazard? How can you see a vehicle alongside and slightly behind if you have missed it in your mirror, when you are wearing that head dress? It happens, and so do accidents as a result.

    Thanks, cdbstock - that is a clear case to explain why NSW police now have that authority. They must be able to identify drivers of vehicles and such in order to do their job.

    On that basis alone, Pauline Hanson has a fair case.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:40pm
    Indeed, FrankC - both myself and my children's mother (first cousin to a Hollywood director and producer and a 'name' in Australian film herself) were aghast when our daughter wanted a tattoo..... both said a resounding NO, but daughter went ahead when she was 18 and got it for herself.....

    Now daughter is engaged to a man who stood for the Senate last time around (unsuccessfully), and I wonder what those tattoos will mean in the future. My personal reasoning is that my daughter is destined for great things, possibly in politics herself... and I .. well.. what can I say about tattoos?
    wheels
    18th Jan 2017
    10:11am
    I've never felt a religious separation in Australia until recent years events. It was not an issue and shouldn't be. It's divisive. Instead of assimilating, some people wish to continue a way of life from their culture and religion. If they have to then so be it but it's very divisive if all groups, start wearing different garb and advertising their difference. Very divisive and you can imaging what a country this would be if we all did it. My last employed tradesman said that he wouldn't get work if he 'advertised his religion.' And I feel the same way about other countries head wear.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    11:15am
    My father's family are German/Irish Protestants, my mother's family Scottish/Irish Catholics - in the early days never the twain would meet, but MY generation get along just fine with all our relatives and don't give a hoot about their religious persuasion or lack thereof.

    I find both sides to equally have good and bad points, like any other group of individuals.

    So - in a sense I've known a religious divide, but in another that is now the past.... why not the same here?

    Question is - while ever such extreme oppressive treatment of women is considered normal by a religious sect - how is that sect to fit into this society? At the moment, those extreme elements don't fit in, and are a source of endless trouble for others, who they see as their enemies simply for viewing their extremism as unacceptable.

    How is a woman wearing that garb to get a job? As what? A silent cop? If she cannot ever get a job and some proportion or even concept of personal power and 'freedom' to simply exist on a level playing field - how will she ever get out of that oppressive society?

    I simply cannot imagine anyone forced into that oppression would be happy.

    But that's just me.
    Veritas
    18th Jan 2017
    10:30am
    I am not a fan of Ms Hanson, but I do support a ban on the burqa.I find it offensive, and why? Because in Westfields Parramatta some years back now I was jostled and hissed at by half a dozen women wearing black burqas. I was wearing slacks and a short sleeve blouse. I managed to get away from them and I found a security guard - he said 'can you identify them?' well there about 20 black burqas, so no I couldn't. They don't respect me, why should I respect them. I might add I was then about 65yrs old and not a half clad young girl.So now I find their dress offensive to me in my own country and it should be banned.
    Kaz
    18th Jan 2017
    12:46pm
    Interesting and just one of many similar instances relayed to me by other non Muslim women when out shopping.
    Sundays
    18th Jan 2017
    12:52pm
    It is because they believe we are immoral. You can't see their faces, so no opportunity to make eye contact. I've known many moderate Muslims and all pleasant and polite. To wear the burqa you can't be moderate. You set yourself apart and really you don't want to assimilate.
    jzb
    18th Jan 2017
    10:32am
    I absolutely agree with Pauline Hanson's desire to ban the burqa here. I find it intimidating as you don't know what or who is beneath it. Many countries, including Islamic ones, have banned it and I agree that it should be stopped here. It doesn't have any religious significance and when I went through Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in the sixties there was no sign of it. I'm sure a lot of women who wear it would be quite grateful to have it banned as it must be so hot!
    fedup
    18th Jan 2017
    10:38am
    Well said
    Rae
    18th Jan 2017
    12:26pm
    Yes. It is a modern change and I'm not sure why these women are falling into the trap of it. Obviously they have no concern for their daughters and grand daughters.
    missmarple
    18th Jan 2017
    10:43pm
    I'm in total agreement with Pauline Hanson, good on her for standing up and saying exactly what a lot of Australians are saying,,,, do these women who wear the burqa do so because they are among those who are ashamed of being a muslim, the head scarf is ok but if they want to cover the whole face send them back to their own homeland
    fedup
    18th Jan 2017
    10:35am
    Agree Ban the Burka this is Australia, they get away from their country to live a better life but they bring and practice their old habits in our country. Burka has nothing to do with religion it will be like Australians walk around in their country with our bikinis and shorts and thongs they would not allow that. Come on Australian Government listen to you Australian people and ban all this crap!!
    libsareliars
    18th Jan 2017
    10:53am
    Spot on fedup - it should be banned.
    Travelling Man
    18th Jan 2017
    11:51am
    You're so right, fedup. SBS did a report a couple of nights ago about the 10,000 Syrian Muslims who settled in Fairfield, Sydney, last year. Only 5% have found work and there is little doubt they will be Centre Link clients for life. Another 5,000 are on their way this year. If we have to take in more Middle Eastern refugees how about the Government bringing in Christians. This way there's a chance such people may integrate into the Australian way of life and culture, which is the antithesis of what their Muslim counterparts are doing.
    Rae
    18th Jan 2017
    12:28pm
    They should be bonded into jobs wherever available. Social Security should not be available to new entrants into the country.

    There are plenty of Christian Syrians.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:47pm
    Argh, Rae - the old 'work card' commanded for the German worker in NAZI Germany.

    Be very wary what you ask for...... I can see a better future for all the unemployed in government and 'business' organising a genuine forward plan for industry, technology, and employment as a result.

    IF (a big if) this country was the one I grew up in - a land of genuine opportunity in which the common factory worker could one day expect to own home (without government telling him/her he/she 'owns too much for a pension' by including their family home , fer God's sake) - were to actually CREATE genuine job opportunities and a solid forward plan - all those immigrants would soon find themselves (like the Chinese - another story) deeply immersed in OUR way of 'capitalist' life.

    As a result they would steadily integrate, much as other groups have done.
    Rae
    19th Jan 2017
    9:41am
    I meant more like the old bonded employment where there was a time frame. 5 years from recollect.

    I completed my degree under a commonwealth scholarship but had to sign a bond agreement to work for a State Department.

    State public servants were trained and bonded to work wherever sent for 5 years.

    Our welfare system is unsustainable right now and too many immigrants with no intention of working will just speed the inevitable collapse.

    There are simply not enough taxes to support payments.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    2:02pm
    Yes - I do recall that system that friends and relatives have been involved in. A good idea provided there are jobs around, and even working in a government department would assist integration.. I hope.
    crazypete
    23rd Jan 2017
    3:06pm
    I agree they come to Australia to start a better life so they need to stop bringing their old ways here and get rid of the Burka
    Stoker
    18th Jan 2017
    10:40am
    Why support the Burka?? But alas islam women must do as they are told, pre 1970 they did not wear a burka they dressed the same as our ladies in Australia, and other western style nations. It is offensive, it is like watching someone in a 'uniform' coming towards you, and not necessarily with kind thoughts.
    jono46
    18th Jan 2017
    10:46am
    I agree with you dougie. People should be allowed to wear whatever they like. This is still a free country but we do have a few security rules an they should be upheld. These include getting a drivers licence, parliament house, banks etc. ISIS fighters were reported to be hiding under Muslim women's attire so we do have to be security conscience.
    Watto
    18th Jan 2017
    11:03am
    Why is there a discussion ?? This is Australia . Just ban the damn thing .
    fedup
    18th Jan 2017
    1:08pm
    Here !!! Here !!!
    Rod63
    18th Jan 2017
    2:49pm
    I think you mean "Hear! Hear!" fedup.
    Rod63
    18th Jan 2017
    2:49pm
    I think you mean "Hear! Hear!" fedup.
    Rod63
    18th Jan 2017
    2:49pm
    I think you mean "Hear! Hear!" fedup.
    fred
    18th Jan 2017
    4:29pm
    hear, hear, and hear letsget on with it and ban it Pauline pl
    ease
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    8:25pm
    'ere, 'ere.... it's neither hear nor there.... but I 'ear you...
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    11:06am
    Head scarf is fine, but the burqa is a throwback to the ancient idea that somehow women were evil seductresses. In this day and age, of course, hiding a woman like that is repulsive and oppressive to modern men and women.

    In terms of security and integration, it is nice to see someone face to face without all this hoo-haa. How are those women ever to become integral parts of any modern society unless they are free to see and be seen by the world as they are.

    Damn - are they so ugly? Are they aliens in disguise?

    NO! They are normal human beings with feelings and should be allowed to develop themselves and become part of a modern society, and not be forced to remain a hidden part of a now outgrown (lack of) culture.
    sybilla
    19th Jan 2017
    3:07pm
    First point: Islamic head-dress wearing females are basically saying: "We can't trust our men to remain in control of their more prinmitive urges if we reveal our heads/faces/bodies."

    Second point: I saw a news report on the outrageous (and greater) number of traffic accidents involving Pakistani women - attributed partly to the visual restrictions this medieval head-gear imposes on its wearers.

    Third point: why does this have to be about religion and multi-cultural tolerance?

    Final point: where is all the moral outrage about female genital mutilation - way, way more offensive
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    10:17pm
    Yes - FMG is frankly disgusting and I simply cannot understand how it ever became a reality...
    Old Man
    18th Jan 2017
    11:10am
    Whilst it's OK to start quoting religious needs it is perhaps time to look at what has been actually said. Hanson wants the burqa to be banned from the same places which ban full faced motorcycle helmets so I cannot see what the fuss is all about. Any government ID which requires a photo should have the face on the photo, not an article of clothing.
    john
    18th Jan 2017
    1:08pm
    Yes good point , but this goes way way further than not wearing a bike helmet into a bank.
    This was a sign with women wearing head cover in an Australia day ad.
    Was this some stupid do good trial to see how Australians would respond.
    How else would they respond.

    This is about OUR IDENTITY, that is what this is about!

    That sign was a bleeding insult.
    Peanuts
    18th Jan 2017
    11:11am
    No one would say banning full-face crash helmets in a number of sensitive areas (such as banks) is anti-multiculturalism. Most people do not see this as a denial of freedom and their rights. Just ban burkas wherever full face crash helmets are banned.
    Grey Voter
    18th Jan 2017
    11:12am
    Love this one. The burqa is a right but Pauline speaking her mind is prejudice. The left is right but the right has no right. Throw another shrimp on the barbie..... :-)
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    11:40am
    **falls about laughing**

    Well said..
    Boof
    18th Jan 2017
    11:18am
    Ban the Burqa. End of story. We are infedals, I know. But. We like it that way. Let us stop this P. C. & stick up for Australians & their way of life. We shouldn't have to change. Look at the very many immigrants who have come here and adopted our idiology & made Australia the country it is. Good on you Pauline Hansen. Keep up the good work.
    Sen.Cit.90
    18th Jan 2017
    12:35pm
    Well said Boof, I couldn't agree more.
    john
    18th Jan 2017
    1:09pm
    AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    3:00pm
    Boof - agree!!!!
    But let's adopt the positives of each foreign culture - like we have re Italians, Greeks, Slovanians, Croats,malays, Chinese, Poms (England Ireland, Scotland, Wales) etc
    Please don't take offence because I've called English etc Poms
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    8:29pm
    Great Italian restaurants in Leichhardt.... Greeks are good with lamb and stuff....I like curry but my old tummy etc doesn't any more, and I don't mind the odd dash of roast beef and spinach. Aye - but the Guinness Now! There's yer drop! An' the Uisge the Scots stole from the Irish along with the Stone of Scone .... but Irish whiskey tastes better....

    All my principal book characters are great fans of Irish whiskey... in one the supply sergeant trades the Colonel's supply for some new and better weapons before the Legion goes into a hell hole....
    missmarple
    18th Jan 2017
    10:57pm
    hear hear hear boof
    Johnny
    18th Jan 2017
    11:20am
    Queensland desperately needs to re-instate an Upper House of Parliament. Since the 1960's Queensland has been the scene of cowboy politics-the laughing stock of Australia. The best thing that happened in the past 2 federal elections is that we have a Senate which does review and protect us from legislation.

    18th Jan 2017
    11:30am
    The burqa is a simple throwback to the Dark Middle Ages where women were "owned" by men, and treated as chattels.

    In the Islamic culture, women have no value apart from value as breeding stock.

    Why any modern, intelligent, outward-looking and progressive woman, would want to wear this inhibiting and male-controlling form of dress, is beyond my understanding.
    trood
    16th Feb 2017
    1:32am
    Yes they are just breeding stock and they breed like cockroaches!
    Mrs Hedgehog
    18th Jan 2017
    11:39am
    Australia made a huge leap when it changed policy from assimaliaton from multiculturalism. Unfortunately some groups take this to mean ghettoism. Multiculturalism is in fact a fuzzy halfway line between the two extremes. For groups to follow a policy of ghettoism is, in the long term, neither beneficial to themselves or to the country as history in many nations has shown.
    Old Man
    18th Jan 2017
    12:03pm
    Yep Mrs H, you've hit the nail on the head and you can thank Al Grassby for coining the word "multiculturalism". Before that Australia was deemed to be a cosmopolitan society. The difference in the words is telling in that one suggests that migrants retain their culture whilst the other suggests that migrants try to fit in. Thankfully, under cosmopolitanism we have enjoyed the cultures and dining experiences of migrants from other parts of the world. Under Grassby's big word we are being dictated to by about 3% of the population and allowing them to call the other 97% racist.

    As a matter of interest, Australians, by nature, are not racist. When Australia was first settled by the First Fleet, those who didn't get in and have a go starved and since then Australians have judged people on their ability to work and have a go.
    Rae
    18th Jan 2017
    12:34pm
    Yes Old Man and I'm sure if I went back to my roots, painted my face blue and started killing and drinking goats blood down the street I'd be arrested.

    Time these people moved on and got a grip on their fantasies in my opinion.

    The men don't go in for the traditional dress I notice. Too damn hot for them.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    1:24pm
    Ha ha - I'm sure my Scottish, Irish and German ancestors did a lot of things that would be unacceptable today....
    Charlie
    18th Jan 2017
    11:40am
    Its not about banning facial coverings, its about showing the face and identification at any time requested by the proprietor of a store or by the police. That's reasonable.

    I'm not sure how fanatical Muslims are about their burqas but I don't think they want any member of the public to see their face, so I think a requirement for showing the face and identification before any kind of purchase, would make the Burqa too much of a hassle to wear.

    Banning face coverings overall, would see people with medical conditions, banned from going shopping. eg: air conditioning nerve pain, facial operations like skin cancer removal and plastic surgery.
    Anonymous
    18th Jan 2017
    11:46am
    Don't be ridiculous! How many people do you see with their faces totally bandaged in public? You're in La La Land, mate.
    Charlie
    18th Jan 2017
    5:37pm
    Not so fast Eddie

    I happen to suffer from a condition called neuropathic pain that requires me to cover my face when I walk into air conditioning.
    Even now I get asked to remove my open faced bike helmet, which I don't. This is because of a permanent medical condition of ten years duration.

    I have also had an operation on my nose to remove skin cancer that had to be covered when it was healing.

    A total ban on covering the face, would restrict people wearing masks at festivals.

    There are also caps with a veil, an araphat hat, people wear on boats. They cover the face and protect from sun reflection coming off the water.

    The issue about Burqas is one of security, if you want to wear a Burqa be prepared to show your face in places where people feel their security is threatened. Simple as that.
    Anonymous
    19th Jan 2017
    11:27am
    "Wearing masks at festivals" - it just keeps getting MORE ridiculous!

    18th Jan 2017
    11:42am
    The burqa is NOT a religious requirement, wearing it is by CHOICE. The dinning of helmets, masks, facewear in banks if prohibited for obvious reasons and so should be the burqa. Is the covering of ones' face in public the accepted norm in Australia? OF COURSE NOT, NOR SHOULD IT BE! If you want to live here YOU conform to what is accepted as the desirable mode of attire - in other words, YOU ASSIMILATE. If you don't want to, YOU LEAVE. Simple.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:50pm
    Agreed it is a choice, FE, but is it the choice of the women concerned.. or the choice of those who control her?
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    11:09pm
    Trebor - yes it is their 'choice' but so is riding a motorbike without wearing a safety helmet - one is unlawful and so wearing a burqua in public should be unlawful- -especially while driving or in a bank or in an aeroplane
    Leebee
    18th Jan 2017
    11:45am
    Definitely BAN THE BURQA! I find them quite intimidating, frightening even. if they want to dress like a brolly cover then there are a lot of other countries that would accept them gladly.
    Supernan
    18th Jan 2017
    11:46am
    I am happy for people to wear head coverings, scarves, body covering robes, etc, etc & am very tolerant to all religious faiths & nationalities. But I do find anything that covers the face a bit daunting. Motor cycle helmets included. Especially as it is only a custom in some sects & not a religious muslim requirement.
    maelcolium
    18th Jan 2017
    11:48am
    Let's be perfectly clear on this issue. Muslim countries have social norms that are required to be obeyed otherwise a jail term or fine ensues. Consider the Middle East or even advanced non secular Muslim societies such as Turkey, where Westerners are required to comply. Surely we are not so stupid as to kid ourselves to believe that we feel comfortable with congregating with groups who cover their faces. It is our social norm to have exposed faces. It is not a religious requirement to wear facial or body covering, Islam requires only modesty. The full covering is something the Mullahs have prescribed because in their secular societies they have the right to do so. This is Australia and Australians decide their social norms, not some bearded Mullah in a white frock.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    8:31pm
    Like you, I'm tolerant of all religions and cultures - but sometimes they want to spit in my face.
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    11:01pm
    Trebor & Maelcolium
    Tolerance of a religion/culture that: requires/condones female mutilation, refers to non Muslims as 'infidels', bans non Muslim religious practice in Muslim-controlled countries, treats women as having no rights etc?
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    1:12am
    I don't accept that kind of stuff ...
    HarrysOpinion
    18th Jan 2017
    11:58am
    Section 116 of the Constitution of Australia precludes the Commonwealth of Australia (i.e., the federal parliament) from making laws for establishing any religion, imposing any religious observance, or prohibiting the free exercise of any religion. Section 116 also provides that no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth. The product of a compromise in the pre-Federation constitutional conventions, Section 116 is based on similar provisions in the United States Constitution. However, Section 116 is more narrowly drafted than its US counterpart, and does not preclude the states of Australia from making such laws. So it's up the Australian State governments to legislate against burqa wearing in addition to any type of offensive dress wear in public.
    Draganotz
    18th Jan 2017
    12:00pm
    Is Senator Hanson’s beliefs prejudiced...maybe. Do I care...no. The security of my family, friends and my fellow Australia's trumps any religious considerations. To deny that this medieval garb is totally irrelevant in our modern society anyway is indefensible...anyone who thinks differently is kidding themselves. I am a patriotic Australian, an athiest and I don't apologise for having a view in accordance with the majority of my fellow Australians no matter how unPC it is.
    Tarabelle
    18th Jan 2017
    12:04pm
    The full burka has NO PLACE IN AUSTRALIA. Who, and WHAT is under that mass of black garb. We know they have intent to harm infidels - i.e. us - so why allow this hideous dress which causes suspicion and angst here in our country.
    Travelling Man
    18th Jan 2017
    12:15pm
    I personally think Pauline was too polite and considerate in her remark about the burqa.
    Eddy
    18th Jan 2017
    12:15pm
    My understanding is that the burka is not so much a religious item but a cultural one, not all Muslim women of all cultures wear it. A very nice and friendly Muslim lady who lives in our street wears it sometimes but not others. Her adult daughter wears neither the burka nor a headscarf, except when going to the mosque, just like in the recent past, Christian woman would never go to church without hat and gloves.
    One friend of ours, a secular Turkish Muslim woman, summed it up this way, if a western woman went to a culture where going bare breasted was the norm would she feel comfortable if she did not wear a top covering, probably not. It is the same for woman who come from a culture where covering the face in public is the norm, they feel uncomfortable without it.
    With time, I am sure subsequent generations of Muslim Australians will accept the norms of Australian culture. As for requiring face covering to be removed in specific situations, I think most Muslim woman would have no problem with that.
    HarrysOpinion
    18th Jan 2017
    12:28pm
    Is the niqab religious?
    “One huge misconception on behalf of millions of people … the niqab has no part of Islam. It is a cultural head and face covering for women that is coming out of south-central Asian countries, as well as Saudi Arabia,” Yousef said. “It is purely cultural. It has no scholarly backing in Islam religion.”

    Why do you wear a burqa?
    The purpose of Muslim women to wear burkas is to cover their body and face and to avoid nah-mahram (men that are not allowed to see them without hijab) men from looking at them. Burka is part of Islam, however, it is not mandatory to wear it and some women wear it as an act of virtue (to please or in fear of their husbands rather than Allah).

    Why do women wear the hijab?
    Most often, it is worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty, privacy and morality. According to the Encyclopedia of Islam and Muslim World, modesty in the Quran concerns both men's and women's "gaze, gait, garments, and genitalia." The Qur'an admonishes Muslim women to dress modestly .
    Rae
    18th Jan 2017
    12:40pm
    And men HS but the men do not cover themselves do they. If the women do then surely the men should as well. Sexual discrimination is illegal in Australia.
    Sundays
    18th Jan 2017
    12:46pm
    Yes HS and there is the problem. I've read articles where these modest, moral women think anyone not dressed like them is immoral. That sort of thinking has no place in Australian society
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    1:30pm
    They want to change a woman's gait so that it is 'modest'? Hmmm.... nope ... can't see that happening.... it is what it is, and always remember these customs and mores come from the time when it was the done thing to physically kidnap a woman and have sex with her by force so as to ensure she was yours forever.

    So women had to be covered so as to not attract that kind of attention, same as the idea that she never go out without a male relative.

    Surely these nations and groups can start to get away from that kind of thing.
    Jenny
    18th Jan 2017
    12:18pm
    A person wearing a burqa is an unknown quantity. It is not required in this country and makes most people quite uncomfortable for several reasons, not least of which is the impression given by the wearer that she does not regard herself as part of our society. I think that is the main reason why there are so many objectors to the wearing of this garment. I have no problem with the hijab, which shows the face clearly, and is actually quite flattering, and certainly a whole lot more friendly!
    Moriac
    18th Jan 2017
    12:22pm
    Any agreement on Banning nuns habits they are religious middle eastern garb as well?
    HarrysOpinion
    18th Jan 2017
    12:31pm
    Nuns don't hide their faces!
    Jenny
    18th Jan 2017
    12:34pm
    It is the complete covering of the face which is the issue. If even only the eyes were visible you would know that a person is in there!
    Rae
    18th Jan 2017
    12:43pm
    When did you last see a nun in full regalia? These days they wear quite modern garb and just a veil which does not cover the face. It never did.

    In our society at least 60% of all communication is non verbal based on body and facial language. I suspect that is one reason why we find the burqa so daunting.
    grounded
    18th Jan 2017
    12:58pm
    Why would there be any agreement for banning a Nun's habit. I've never come across a Nun whose face has not been totally exposed.
    john
    18th Jan 2017
    12:32pm
    A total ban on any head cover being worn into a bank a service station , any where where it could be used for a disguise.
    I have no idea why they are ashamed to the point that they are supposed to not be seen, I know head covers have been around longer than Islam has so it is an ancient custom that is so far out of date , and the women who do it may well be overlorded by a husband or father or brother or simply following something that doesn't need to be followed , IN AUSTRALIA.
    Never ever ever to be used on any kind of billboard as an advertisement for Australia, that is no different to advertising an Australian celebration by putting Sioux Indians in full traditional dress on a billboard here, as magnificent as the first nation peoples of America are, they are not Australians. Our first nations people are.
    Muslim head dress is not Australian either, in fact far from it. Islamic jihad followers have killed Australians before, some of them hate Australia's customs and culture. And head covering is considered Islamic now days world wide , they have used head covered women or men in the past to commit atrocities in ambush in the name of that religion!!!!

    Then some half brain decides to use head covered Muslims as a representation of Australia. NEVER EVER EVER!
    KSS
    18th Jan 2017
    1:46pm
    They are NOT ashamed John. The purpose is to keep their bodies and their hair only for their husband. Moslem men (apparently) have no control over inflamed passions so it falls to the women to keep them in check by covering up!
    Anonymous
    19th Jan 2017
    1:36pm
    Agree about using girls wearing Muslim dress to represent Australia Day.
    By wearing Islamic garb, they are stating that they support not just a religion - but a religion which is actually a total culture - which culture is totally opposed to any Western culture.

    99.9% of the acts of terrorism in the last 1400 years have been carried out by Islamic followers - with the intention of subjugating those who would not/will not bow to Islamic rule.

    And this is what the whole issue revolves around - Islam is a religious culture intent on spreading its power and control - and by any means possible.

    Indoctrination, subversion, terrorism, overwhelming other cultures by demanding special privileges - these are the methods of Islamic propagation, and eventual takeover.

    I wonder what the Bali Bombing victims families think, when they see Islam in all its "in-your-face" glory, being propagated on an Australia Day poster?
    PIXAPD
    18th Jan 2017
    12:34pm
    Many bird breeders have discovered that if they cross Islam with a Budgie, they get what is called a BURQARIGAR
    PIXAPD
    18th Jan 2017
    12:38pm
    Mad dogs, Englishmen and those wearing a Burqa go out in the Noonday Sun
    Jennie
    18th Jan 2017
    12:40pm
    What happens when someone wearing a burka goes into a bank. You must take off your motorcycle helmet as you might be a bank robber trying to disguise yourself. Supposing a new religion started (and they do - frequently) in which the required dress code was a motorcycle helmet. Just wondering...
    Kaz
    18th Jan 2017
    12:41pm
    I am not against the burqa per se, but just as motorcycle helmets and face masks are not allowed in banks etc, neither should the burqa. If this offends, as the wearers are now in a country with different laws and regulations, they will need to name a nominee to undertake their business if they need to enter these institutions. It is not just about the host country being flexible in their acceptance but also about the new person accepting the host country's requirements.
    justme
    18th Jan 2017
    12:46pm
    People who so radically set themselves apart from the general community are the divisive ones. The current concept of equality seems to totally disregard the local way of life and the local community at large. These people seem to see themselves as champions of equality and freedom and are in fact more the reverse; and with closed minds.
    Young
    18th Jan 2017
    12:53pm
    What happened to Veritas is a good example of why they should be banned.
    Franky
    18th Jan 2017
    12:59pm
    The hijab looks great and is used widely as a fashion accessory, but the burka should be banned. Hiding one's face from view is going one step too far, especially in the world we live in with the fear of terrorism many people have. Good on you, Pauline!
    suzyq
    18th Jan 2017
    2:41pm
    I agree, the hijab can look lovely, so I'm not racist, i just had the burka and slimy bearded men.
    suzyq
    18th Jan 2017
    2:43pm
    I agree, the hijab can look lovely, so I'm not racist, i just had the burka and slimy bearded men.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:53pm
    Try it from the man's side - a guy with shaven head and full beard etc is automatically a threat.... got a 'statement' to make and sometimes on the body of someone else.

    Only ignorant peasants behave that way...
    Caz
    18th Jan 2017
    1:02pm
    When talking about being a multicultural society I think we should focus on the word 'society' for a minute. Burkas are anti-social garments. They are designed to hinder communication and as social beings, we need to be able to communicate -- not just verbally but also with facial expressions. This is a natural part of our physical makeup. The burka is confronting and does nothing to enhance our social lives.
    Glen48
    18th Jan 2017
    1:08pm
    Fed member Luke Howarth has not seen any one wearing a Burka,,so there is no problem,,,I wonder where are the women protesting about this form of discrimination???
    This is the Muslim men's way of putting women down,,Just like FGM,,which we pay for to be fixed...the way men can divorce ..Marry a prostitute for 1 hr ,,,many women pay back a dowry following a divorce even if she want not paid in the first place..Sharia law will be spread wide over Australia not just in Sydney and used by Muslim over Aus. law...
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    1:10pm
    Good on you, Pauline/
    Islam (all Muslims) is not just an evil religion but a culture, political ideology & a legal system
    There should be no place for Islam in our 'free' society where women have the same rights as men, the laws know no religious, sex or race discrimination. The evil Muslim practices of 'female mutilation', oppression of women, terrorism, sharia law etc must be rejected here.
    Re the burqua or hijab:
    It is not a religious requirement but a cultural one. It is not listed as a requirement in the Koran
    A Russian theatre was used as a killing field by Muslims dressed as burqua-wearing women
    At random breath test stops a Muslim wearing a burqua or hijab cant be tested (by police using breath exhaled during 'counting' into a detector - ineffective)
    A Canadian terrorist escaped (to Saudi - I recall) while dressed as a Muslim woman at an airport
    A person wearing a safety helmet (bicycle or motorbike) cannot enter a bank but a burqua/hijab wearer can
    At a vehicle accident site where one driver is a burqua/hijab wearer,the other driver cannot identify the driver
    A police person cannot identify a burqua-wearing driver for a traffic transgression
    And so on....
    Dot
    18th Jan 2017
    1:14pm
    The day Australia became multicultural was when the RAG BRIGADE started arriving here, previously those of us who arrived here after World War 2 had to accept that this was Australia and there was no mention of being multicultural.
    Peter47
    18th Jan 2017
    1:15pm
    The burqua to me is not a cultural essential just acceptance of oppression of women rendering them anonymous and of no imprtance in society. There appears to be no compulsion on men from these patriarchal societys to cover up to protect there modesty. Their excuse for the burqua appears to favour it to keep their passions in control, or is it to keep their 'posssesions' from being seen by other men. Those defending the burqua are really defending pollical correctness at the expense of maintaining women as uneducated serfs trapped in a medieval lifestyle that offers no opportunity to develop their talents and take their rightful place our wonderful country. I have no problem with women wearing the hijab or practical clothing that is designed to safeguard their skin from sun damage.
    john
    18th Jan 2017
    1:29pm
    THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE A SETTLED MOST SUCCESSFUL MULTICULTURAL SYSTEM . Australians get along with individuals who are different, but they do not get along with large gropupings of people from different places that are totally different. The Vietnamese found this as did the Europeans who came here! IT ALL SETTLED DOWN THEY ARE AUSTRALIANS AFTER DECADES OF HASSLE , EVERY ONE GOT CALLED NAMES AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, THEN AS IT ALWAYS DOES , PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO MASSIVE DIFFERENCE EVENTUALLY ASSIMILATE. I love it when a Vietnamese or a Chinese person you shop from says G'day mate , what do you need. Europeans have been Australian for decades now , even the strong accented ones whose accents are very hard to lose if they came here, say , when they were 7 8 or 9 years old. Try talking to a Scot, I knew a chap in Melbourne that came here at 30 years old , he was 80 when I met him he was as Australian as me, but half the time I had to say , hey? what 'd you say? You Aussies know what I mean. But then came people with an outlook so different , and came in great numbers and some of them easily indoctrinated into a very unstable way of looking at religion, Muslims in great numbers means trouble , I don't care if that is a statement that angers some people, it is unfortunately a fact, perhaps not even from the majority of Muslems in Australia think like that, they may be worried topo, but its us that are worried thats where the trouble comes from, you would not be comfortable in your bed if you knew every night there may be a tiger snake asleep in the bottom of your blankets Hey????? These people run from war and mistreatment AND THEN THEY BRING THEIR WOES WITH THEM , AND THEIR BLIND RELIGION THAT WAS BEGUN BY A WARLORD.And in some places in the Islamic world still is run like it was hundreds of years ago, like Saudi Arabia, and other areas, and by ISIS.
    I say to Muslims in Australia until Australians can really trust you , and you rail against Islamic fundamentalism you will never ever be completely able to settle in Australia. Even you who came here last century and the one before , you are still TOO DIFFERENT , because of Islam , its doesn't fit with Australians in the main, its an unfortunate fact of life and history.
    If you come to Australia , keep your religion to yourself and join Australians as Australians , then you may not want to kill us. And if there is only one of you who feel the hatred , then that is one too many, because you fight with ambush , and back stabbing , and because of it no Aussie will ever be totally satisfied, there will be some who'll say I 'm over killing this, well go out and talk to people I am one of millions , in this country who have had enough of biased treatment to Islamic people .
    Bring in Christians if you have to bring anyone in, or maybe lets just bring in immigrants who have been checked and tripple checked and want to become Australians. Thats me, I'll never change and if the pollies don't see it, then they won't be there.
    KSS
    18th Jan 2017
    1:40pm
    Personally I don't care whether any woman wants to be covered from head to toe or not. BUT if they choose to do so then the same rules that apply to full-face motorcycle helmets should also apply to those women. They must be made to remove the facial covering part where ever and when ever requested e.g. going into a bank or other financial institution, customs/immigration, police request when driving whether as a driver or passenger, getting a driving licence, getting passport photographs or other identity documentation including workplace access cards or when seeking entry to any Government building including Centrelink, medicare, RTA, Government Offices (Canberra or State/Territory) and at job interviews when requested to do so, just as motorcyclists must and NO exceptions.
    BnT
    18th Jan 2017
    2:29pm
    Agree - one rule for all, not one rule with many variations depending on where you come from, what religion you follow etc....
    Crowcrag
    18th Jan 2017
    1:49pm
    The vast array of opinions and comments here is a good indicator of general public opinion. Therefore I would agree with the proposal that banning the burka / burqa should be presented and debated in parliament. What galls me is PH saying 'I will ban the burka.' She is again beginning to suffer delusions of grandeur. Or maybe it's sniffing the aviation fumes when she personally fills the tank of her plane!
    PIXAPD
    18th Jan 2017
    2:13pm
    As to Muslims and their Quran, the truth is this, Islam denies the faith of the Christians, the Quran out rightly denies the gospel and it is about time the Church began to get a backbone and tell members of this and stop all this interfaith rubbish, there is no concord between the Son of God and Islam; why then should I stand by and say nothing? ISLAM IS A 'NON PROPHET' ORGANISATION
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:56pm
    DAMN! You actually made a valid comment!
    PIXAPD
    19th Jan 2017
    9:40am
    ALL my comments ARE... valid
    Fair Dinkum
    18th Jan 2017
    3:08pm
    Good on you Pauline the burka makes me feel uneasy and frightens small children when we go to other countries we abide by there customs why cant Muslims abide by ours instead of trying to change it
    Muslim lover turncoat supports these crazy people and lets our own suffer why cant he see whats happening to other countries. Pauline I and many other people support you because you have the guts to say what a lot of us think.
    crazypete
    18th Jan 2017
    3:10pm
    I agree that the burqa should be banned because you do not know who is wearing it and you cannot say one does as it is a straight fitting garment wears a from head to toes so I agree with it and we have people next door that wear a scarf around the head and that look good any how.
    Fair Dinkum
    18th Jan 2017
    3:10pm
    Good on you Pauline the burka makes me feel uneasy and frightens small children when we go to other countries we abide by there customs why cant Muslims abide by ours instead of trying to change it
    Muslim lover turncoat supports these crazy people and lets our own suffer why cant he see whats happening to other countries. Pauline I and many other people support you because you have the guts to say what a lot of us think.
    Fair Dinkum
    18th Jan 2017
    3:10pm
    Good on you Pauline the burka makes me feel uneasy and frightens small children when we go to other countries we abide by there customs why cant Muslims abide by ours instead of trying to change it
    Muslim lover turncoat supports these crazy people and lets our own suffer why cant he see whats happening to other countries. Pauline I and many other people support you because you have the guts to say what a lot of us think.
    Fair Dinkum
    18th Jan 2017
    3:10pm
    Good on you Pauline the burka makes me feel uneasy and frightens small children when we go to other countries we abide by there customs why cant Muslims abide by ours instead of trying to change it
    Muslim lover turncoat supports these crazy people and lets our own suffer why cant he see whats happening to other countries. Pauline I and many other people support you because you have the guts to say what a lot of us think.
    monette
    18th Jan 2017
    4:04pm
    Women in muslim countries wore the most beautiful colourful fabrics in styles of clothing that were extremely feminine and gorgeous years ago. The burkha is a recent evolution in dress modes that denies women in these parts of the world to express themselves with their chosen attire. The burkha may as well be referred to as a regulated prison uniform. The burkha does not belong in Australian society any more than a westerner visiting their country is permitted to walk around their streets in shorts and bare arms. What is good for the goose is good for the gander or if you prefer when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
    monette
    18th Jan 2017
    4:04pm
    Women in muslim countries wore the most beautiful colourful fabrics in styles of clothing that were extremely feminine and gorgeous years ago. The burkha is a recent evolution in dress modes that denies women in these parts of the world to express themselves with their chosen attire. The burkha may as well be referred to as a regulated prison uniform. The burkha does not belong in Australian society any more than a westerner visiting their country is permitted to walk around their streets in shorts and bare arms. What is good for the goose is good for the gander or if you prefer when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
    ronloby
    18th Jan 2017
    4:10pm
    How do you know the person hidden under the garb is female??
    Anonymous
    18th Jan 2017
    5:29pm
    You don't. Nor do you know what they may be concealing besides themselves, such as explosives, firearms, a photo of Malcolm Talkbull, or anything else undesirable.
    cdbstock
    18th Jan 2017
    6:33pm
    We don't
    Anonymous
    18th Jan 2017
    7:48pm
    fast?eddy what a dumb and stupid post, if that is your only reason you don't like the garb,"hiding a photo of a politician you don't like" it states enough about your intelligence, if you had voted for pauline in the last elections instead of being a rusted on labor voter this country be by now on the road to recovery, my view is clear, after seeing the muslim husbands frolicking in the surf in their underpants and hairy legs while their wifes in black robes were only allowed to put their feet in the water on a 40 degree day, was enough for me to see how wrong we were to allow them to come to this country, in years to come we will regret the decisions our elected politicians have made, once we were a country of idealism now we are a country of fear, a fear of the people we let in to share in this idealism, a country where people be called racists because they put their finger on the truth, a country where people be afraid to go out because of the chance of being robbed or carjacked by those we gave freedom to, see victoria, a country we now have to accept that to dress in a costume where no one can see if it is a male or female, a country where you be told by the likes of mc donald etc that you can't have bacon on your hamburger because a few immigrants object to you having meat of a pig, a country where you have to eat halal because less then 4% of our population says so and our supermarkets obey, some people are upset about an advertisement taken down in melbourne for Australian day, would you not be upset if the only persons on this billboard were two muslim women wearing a veil, no other aussies black or white were on that billboard, would you not be upset to see our homeless sleeping on the streets while those coming in are the first to be put up in public housing while 1000sts of our own not so lucky Australians are waiting years, yes years, to become eligible for public housing, would you not be upset to see 95% of our new immigrants getting the dole after being in this country for more than 5 years,
    would you not be upset to see multi married islam men receiving up to 4 or 5 single mothers pensions, some are on this country teats for more than 2000 dollars a week, well if you can't see all that you'l get what you deserve, it will take more then a few stupid remarks of a rusted on labor voter to change the attitude of this once great country!
    Maybe pauline is not a 100% right, at least she is well on the way to show us where we went wrong, voting for the politicians, who brought this once great country to its knees.
    Anonymous
    18th Jan 2017
    8:16pm
    Hindjerk00, your system is so filled with hate and loathing you wouldn't even know which way is up, let alone who I voted for. If you are out of the clinic temporarily again I suggest you cut your "free time" short and go back in voluntarily for another assessment, as you are a danger to all around you. Have a pleasant evening with your voodoo dolls you awful person/troll.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    2:12pm
    Heemie - sometimes you have some good points - but your propensity for personal attack renders you neutered every time.

    Work on it, my son..... and perhaps one day you can become a great orator and rabble rouser.
    Rosret
    18th Jan 2017
    5:47pm
    I think the politicians hoped this silly "fashion"/political defiant statement of the full hijab would fade away when the wars in the middle east faded. Is it? I don't know - I haven't seen it as often.
    Personally I don't think ANY community should wear a "flag" of segregational division on their heads in public, schools and official buildings and public transport.
    If a bikie got onto a train and didn't remove his masked face head gear I would change carriages or hop off.
    Somehow we are supposed not to be intimidated according to the PCs when the people doing it, whether it be their own free will or not, are doing it for that exact reason. To intimidate.
    What an easy way to shoplift. I wonder how shopkeepers manage.
    CindyLou
    18th Jan 2017
    5:58pm
    I just don't like it. Full stop.
    When I visit other countries I abide by the cultural practices, ie modest clothing - why is this a problem for others to respect and adhere to australian cultural norm. Headscarf in my opinion is ok but that's it. Anyone coming to live in our country would be well aware of our cultural norms in relation to clothing - if the chose to come, respect and adhere to the host country - auzzies. Simple.
    floss
    18th Jan 2017
    6:24pm
    YES THEY WILL NEVER BE AUSTRALIAN AND IF IT WASN'T FOR WELFARE THEY NEVER WOULD BE.
    niemakawa
    18th Jan 2017
    8:25pm
    Australian Governments over the past 20 years or so have aided and abetted in the destruction of our society , our values, our culture to be replaced by Islam. This has happened all over the Western world and it has been INTENTIONAL forced upon the people by the political under the guise of so-called multiculturalism. Fortunately theses globalists Governments are now being brought to account and the people they have cast aside, their own citizens, are finally waking up to them. However the Globalists will not give up easily as their plan to eliminate the white race will remain at the forefront of this aim. The new threat from them is the so-called "Fake News". In effect anything Governments do not agree with will be labelled as such. They will pursue with their efforts to FORCE mass migration of muslims upon us, nothing short of a revolution will be able to stop them. God be with us.
    maxchugg
    18th Jan 2017
    6:41pm
    Shouldn't we respect their right to wear what they want in this country, just as they respect our rights to wear what we want in their countries?

    But, of course, we should ceased our racism and acknowledge and respect the fact that their ways are better than our ways.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    7:01pm
    Try long hair in Singapore, women without head covering in the ME, wearing shorts and T-shirt and such in the Bled.... get you a beating any day of the week.... ever wondered why those special forces guys all wear local head dress? Not only for camouflage but also to connect with the 'friendly' locals, many of whom are very honest and decent, BTW.
    KSS
    19th Jan 2017
    7:01am
    Ahh Trebor, you obviously haven't been to Singapore for well over 25 years!
    maxchugg
    19th Jan 2017
    11:24am
    Trebor, I didn't notice any long hair last time I was in Singapore. I will be back there later this year and will pay attention.

    Personally I think we could learn from them. No litter in the streets, no graffiti, Most important of all, if what I was assured was the case, it is perfectly safe to walk in the streets after dark.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    2:15pm
    Nah - no more tropics for me.... I'm for the cooler climes in my old age... has Singapore decided not to cut the hair of hippies now?
    maxchugg
    19th Jan 2017
    7:39pm
    This reminds me of an old item I once read and is presented from memory, so may not be exactly correct.

    The African Les Ballets Africains company used to include a number of women who danced topless. When it was announced that they would be appearing in Moscow, the Russians informed them that the women must cover up during their performance.

    The Ballet company objected, saying that the appearance of the women was customary in their home, but the Russians would not budge. They informed the company that when they were visitors in Moscow they should be prepared to conform to local customs.

    The ballet company responded - the women would conform to local customs, in Moscow but, of course, they would expect the Bolshoi Ballet company to dress in accordance with local customs when they visited Africa.

    Quite a reasonable principle which also has its place in the discussion about wearing burkhas in Australia.
    Boomah52
    18th Jan 2017
    6:50pm
    Morocco is banning the production and sale and many other African and Middle Eastern countries have partial bans. Dream on Australia and soon to be lighting candles at night.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    6:59pm
    There's always dried camel dung for the cooking fire... we'll be right, mate....
    floss
    18th Jan 2017
    6:58pm
    Please blame the people that caused the problem, both major parties. And the fools are still at it. A great country no more.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    7:06pm
    Yes - the immigration policy for thirty plus years has been a disaster.

    When I went to school we had every European nation represented - some of those kids went on to be doctors and such and make a decent life... back 'home' they'd be living in a mud hut and unpaved roads etc and wondering when the Commissar or the local controlling agency would come by to ensure they were kosher.

    Then our government(s) in their infinite wisdom decided that bringing in illiterate peasants with no idea of Western culture was a good way to reduce wages and work and social conditions set in place by those pesky Unions on the one side, and a means to establish absolute State control on the other by creating rifts in society on the 'other' ..... the rest is history... and so is this country.
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    7:07pm
    Unless We Take It Back!
    niemakawa
    18th Jan 2017
    7:06pm
    Personally I do not consider or recognise Islam as a religion. It is a political system and ideology that its adherents are expected to follow, over and above any laws or customs of the country of their residence. Those women that wear this form of head gear/ clothing do so as a form of political indoctrination that is totally alien and I must say unwanted in Western civilisation. Islam will become the dominant political system here if it is not stopped in in its tracks. Look at Western Europe as an example: France 15% muslim population, Germany 10%, The UK 5%. In Australia maybe around 2%, but growing at an exponential rate. I agree with Ms Hanson on this point and also would like to see the number of muslims migrating to Australia reduced.
    Swinging voter
    18th Jan 2017
    7:18pm
    I think it was Al Grassby who decided that multi-culturalism (no matter the cultural differences, no matter incompatibilities) would be a good thing for Australia. Hence it has been force-fed under sufferance, as has the divisive off-shoot of multi-culturalism: "diversity". Australians have always warmly accept and help newcomers settle in when they are willing to learn the language, strive to get work and observe our prevailing customs, laws and social structure. That is why immigration worked well immediately post WWII - hard working people of similar religious beliefs, customs and family values came to this country determined to succeed and to give their kids a chance to grow up as Aussies, and they did so initially without health cover, free language lessons, modern accommodation, arrival bonuses etc. Western politicians of all persuasions are only now reluctantly thinking about what Hanson foresaw decades ago. Immigration with its divisive and un-Australian burkas, head-scarves, mosques, hijabs, urban no-go zones is a very different kettle of fish than the successes of post WWII. Times change, and the make-up of western immigration policies should also have changed to reflect the troubles that western countries have brought upon themselves with their dangerous, careless false moral vanity that is presented as anti-discrimination. Hanson is, again, correct in saying that our country must ban imported religious regalia that is entirely incompatible with our culture and is oppressive to down-trodden women. Australians expect to be able to determine mood and intent from open facial features. And these days, who knows what type of person male or female, hides beneath a burka. I also feel the day of the two-party system with their "leaders" vying for power has long gone. Australians are now interested in courageous representation that reflects how communities are feeling on developing issues that until recent decades, the two major party politicians were never required to address and are now in so many ways, displaying their impotence, incompetence and downright neglect of the man in the street.
    Anonymous
    19th Jan 2017
    11:40am
    "Al Grassby"?! You have to be joking! Look what happened in Griffith, for just ONE place!!
    Yer man
    18th Jan 2017
    7:50pm
    Why are they here? Accept our way of living or go home because this place is obviously not home for you. We are not going to change . The choice is yours. Be thankful you live in Australia .
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    8:39pm
    As an aside - when you see Pakistani and Afghan girls doing well at school studies when given the chance - in my eyes there is a great untapped resource right there, often held down by hopelessly out-of-date societies and cultures. If all children from those cultures are held back by rigid social pro formas that demand, possibly on pain of death, that they abide by a strict character and social format .... boy must be warrior and fight for morals even if it means killing his sister- girl must be servile at home etc and obey husband etc ..... surely many of those cultures are missing out on some of the brightest minds.

    Being born poor does not make you stupid,and often - just like serial unemployment amongst refugees (if jobs were available they would not be Social Security
    dependent and would integrate better) - OPPORTUNITY can make the difference.

    Perhaps (mounts soap box here) it is up to government and business to productively generate those opportunities for all, so that this nation can prosper once again.

    (damn - I should be writing this stuff for politicians)....
    TREBOR
    18th Jan 2017
    8:41pm
    Damn - I must be a National Socialist - country and people first - pity that term was ruined by a few empty heads in the 1930's-40's.
    niemakawa
    18th Jan 2017
    8:42pm
    You convey messages like most politicians.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    12:57am
    Yes, but I'm not one of them with their perks etc...
    niemakawa
    19th Jan 2017
    1:02am
    TREBOR, well that has perked me up.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    10:25pm
    Perking you up has perked me up... I feel like a success when I please someone.... I was once called "The Bull Terrier of People" - a total people pleaser....
    Fliss
    18th Jan 2017
    10:08pm
    Totally totally support Pauline in this.
    Hope she is successful.
    Can only mean a happier, safer Australia.
    Swinging voter
    18th Jan 2017
    10:26pm
    Many people I know are hoping Pauline will adopt the policy of Temporary Protection Visas so that people who are brought here from non-Western cultures will be required to return to their homelands when their wars have ended. A realistic and achievable proposition.
    niemakawa
    18th Jan 2017
    11:19pm
    Islam is an affront on human decency, full stop. It has no place in a civilised society, its followers show little or no respect for our values and customs and have no intention of integrating. NO TO ISLAM IN AUSTRALIA.
    jackyd
    19th Jan 2017
    12:24am
    Well that's covered the burqa, what about Halal!
    niemakawa
    19th Jan 2017
    12:45am
    Ask the animal rights advocates. Oh I forgot they don't want to upset or offend muslims.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    1:03am
    My prospective son-in-law stood and stands for the Animal Rights Party. They want only to uphold the rights of ordinary people - Muslims or otherwise .......
    niemakawa
    19th Jan 2017
    1:09am
    TREBOR, so does he oppose the method ?
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    10:30pm
    The method of executing animals for food? I think he's against it totally pure and simple. I'm trying to get his group to expand their platform, since nobody votes much for a single issue party, and with his humanitarian style (and that of my daughter) I'm sure he could expand into more people-related areas as policy.

    They are vegans or whatever - I cannot stomach some of that food... and he is simply against cruel treatment of animals, as am I.

    When we had the property down South until last year, I often pondered putting a beef or two in the back paddock - but said if I did they'd end up very old and fat family pets. Same with sheep and such, so I settled for some excellent gardens.
    the_Albert
    19th Jan 2017
    6:45am
    I wonder if any burqa-wearing woman has applied for the dole on the ground that her burqa makes employment impossible?
    KSS
    19th Jan 2017
    7:20am
    If she did she would probably get it.

    She would probably be able to claim discrimination too. The burqa could be a health and safety issue for many workplaces and therefore not tolerated by management no matter how skilled or educated the woman. Refusal to remove it would probably lose her the opportunity. Even being asked to remove it would be further evidence of discrimination against her on religious grounds.

    Given some of the successful spurious claims for disability allowances, she could probably make a claim there as well. On the grounds that her outward display of devotion to her religion (which she has the right to do) prevents her from working causing her to feel stress, anxiety and isolation. It may also subject her to being stared at in the street and on public transport which she may find intimidating. Her mental health suffers as a result, rendering her unable to work.
    TREBOR
    19th Jan 2017
    10:32pm
    Undoubtedly - who would employ a woman wearing that garb? It's a safety hazard around machinery, she would find it difficult to see paper work, and would be unable to associate and co-operate with fellow workers.

    It's a no-job situation from the start. Sort of like Cousin It in cotton.... The Addams Family.
    Jannie
    19th Jan 2017
    9:37am
    Yes it should be banned. I noticed at the shopping centre there is a sign stating helmets are not to be worn in the shopping precinct, so why are muslims male or female, because one cannot tell what they are be allowed to wear this covering in public. BIG security issue.
    Glen48
    19th Jan 2017
    11:10am
    Israel soldiers dress up on burkas and hid their arms underneath to rain a Palestine village..
    PIXAPD
    19th Jan 2017
    2:03pm
    I'll now earn the accusation of racist, bigot, discriminator after saying this. Australia Day to me is echoed in this. Thus did a former prime Minister declare regarding the former White Australia policy.

    During the Second World War, Prime Minister John Curtin reinforced the policy, saying; "This country shall remain forever the home of the descendants of those people who came here in peace in order to establish in the South Seas an outpost of the British race."

    Multiculturalism sure wrecked that up.
    peterseaford
    19th Jan 2017
    3:36pm
    Morocco has receintly banned the burka so if muslim countries ban it - it must not be part of the religion anyway
    peterseaford
    19th Jan 2017
    3:47pm
    in the 1920's Ataturk was wise enough not to ban the burqa but ruled that all prostitutes must wear a burka
    Moriac
    20th Jan 2017
    7:54pm
    I love a solution. But if it's for vision and security in banks why not everywhere including mirror and dark sun glasses and hoodies.
    Bazbee
    19th Jan 2017
    7:25pm
    I'm in favour of Pauline Hanson wearing a burqua-or a bag over her head, or anything that prevents her from being seen or heard.
    Anonymous
    20th Jan 2017
    6:42pm
    typical comment of a person opposed to the Australian freedom of speech and one who can't accept the damage done by those who allowed the migration of unsuitable persons the likes of those who never will accept the way we live and enjoy, or the traditions whe hold or the way we respect our Females or our traditions or living standards, those who refuse to learn or speak our language, let alone speak the language of this great country, those refusing to accept our laws, those who still believe in arranged marriages, those who still think it is all right to have more then one (1) wife and charge the taxpayer single mother's pensions for the rest, those who mutilate their daughters, those who have been on the government's tits since they arrived, some more then 10 years ago, those who on arriving got a fully furnished house waiting to move in and yet our own people are on a waiting list of more than 5 years or longer, I arrived just on 60 years ago in this, what I now call my home country, started work the next day, had to travel up in the country, miles away from civilisation, the boss took us to the nearest town once a month to do our shopping, may I say not in the bosses time, we go in the shop with our dictionary to order what we wanted, if they did not know what we were all about we showed them the dictionary and were told how to pronounce it, now we are told to learn the language and traditions of those who come here to make a new life, yet they are still telling us how good it was in their country they had to flee. just could you image telling your wife to dress up in a burqa or walk 2 steps behind you? Australia it is time to wake up to what is going on in this what was once a beautiful country, where we all had rights but more so obligations to make Australia the greatest place on earth and it was a privilege to live here not a right
    Cruzisuzi
    21st Jan 2017
    3:10pm
    Banning the burqa in government buildings, banks, schools and public places is not racist. It is a sensible security precaution in today's society of extremists and terrorists. Part of the world we live in and it is our right to protect ourselves against those who would do us harm. My opinion is not influenced by media or racist attitudes of which there seems to be plenty, it's just common sense
    Old Geezer
    22nd Jan 2017
    12:41pm
    I feel sorry for any woman who thinks that she is so insignificant that she has to hide behind one of these. It takes away one identity and discourages contact with society. What an awful life these women must live? It's worse than slavery.
    crazypete
    23rd Jan 2017
    3:01pm
    The headscarf is a good idea and the burka should be band as you do not know who is wearing it and they should get rid of it all together. There are Muslim out there that are trying to fit into Australia society as we have some next door that are trying and we get on well and when we see each other we talk.
    Lescol
    23rd Jan 2017
    7:09pm
    I live in a moderate Muslim country and I have worked in Saudi Arabia and many middle east countries. I find the burqa to be a confronting image and I fully support such a ban.

    cheers
    Snow
    23rd Jan 2017
    7:52pm
    Yes the time has come to ban this totally. In UAE women are not allowed to wear sleeveless tops so why do we allow women to cover their faces here. Each country has their own laws so we need to get others to respect ours.
    Lescol
    23rd Jan 2017
    8:18pm
    I have read their good book and its all about modesty but the interpretation is different in places. However from a security aspect, most Muslim countries demand open face. I also recall when I used to ride a motor cycle, I had to remove it in many situations. It really is no different.

    cheers
    Miss Piggy
    24th Jan 2017
    1:31am
    Although not normally a follower of Pauline Hanson, I believe she has hit the nail on the head with the call to ban the wearing of the burqa in certain places and situations. I would go one step further and ban the wearing of this horrendous garment anywhere in public, at all times. This view has absolutely nothing to with "racism" or "religious intolerance" which are different things altogether.

    I speak to many, many people, and so far have found only one person who thinks it right that "everyone should do and wear want they want to". Sorry, I thought that was called anarchy?

    It is not a religious requirement to wear the burqa, merely another way for the men to flaunt their sense of superiority and keep their women under the thumb.

    The burqa is confronting and offensive because it goes against the Australian nature of openness. So much of communication is non-verbal; we rely on facial expressions and body language to communicate properly. How is this possible when speaking to something faceless. We are constantly accused of being unfriendly and unwelcoming to muslims, but anyone wearing such a shroud is, in fact, the one shutting themselves off by making no attempt to integrate into the culture of their newly chosen country. I for one am sick to death of hearing about THEIR culture. What about ours? If we continue to pander to the loud and pushy minority groups, we will end up visitors in our own country. And our spineless governments (all colours), seem intent on allowing this to happen by falling over themselves to appease these narrow arbiters of political correctness.

    'Culture' is the customs, the heritage, the traditions, the values of a society and it is important that it be protected. There is an unwritten expectation that, when moving to a society with a different culture, the customs of that new country should, as a matter of courtesy if nothing else, be accepted and followed. The newcomer has no right to DEMAND that laws be changed for them or to insist that their way of life is the only way. If they can't accept that, then why move?

    Whilst I am not paranoid about guns etc. being carried underneath the garment, nevertheless it is a real threat not to be brushed aside. I think our politicians would be wise not to be so naive/blasé about the wearing of this garment, and the PC police learn to THINK (of the possible consequences) before spruiking their ratbag ideas.

    Afterthought: In a European airport a few years ago, I saw a group of 12 "women" trying to get through customs. Long story short, 9 of them turned out to be men.
    trood
    16th Feb 2017
    1:35am
    So well said Miss P!
    gadsby
    8th Feb 2017
    10:50pm
    Ban the burka,realy who is going to have the balls to do that?Turnball,Shorten ,i dont think so,get used to it ,its here to stay.
    There is no sensible reason to wear that in this country,its just a way to antagonize and become the victim if anyone speaks out.
    Lescol
    9th Feb 2017
    3:33am
    Exactly Gadsby[ none of the existing players would have the gumption to introduce an 'open face' rule which exists in many middle eastern countries. We have to wait for a massive security failure for them to realise the matter.

    I currently live in a modest Muslim country and I have often worked in Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc but wherever I go, I/my wife refuse to ever speak face-burka. Its simple and that's the approach that is needed to be taken.

    cheers
    Virginia
    10th Feb 2017
    11:52am
    No I cannot walk into a bank with a full face cycle helmet on. So a full face burka should never have been or be allowed in Australia.
    If they wish t practice that oppression and health risk ( look at the weather today. Nuts to cover your body in black) go back to the middle east . They ran from fear and oppression and now we have to suffer fear and oppression of having our way of life severely altered.
    Jacqui
    15th Feb 2017
    2:38pm
    Muslims are the greatest offenders of interbreeding in the world!
    They marry their first cousins!
    Does not work out well…we the tax paying citizens have to pay for these wretched pitiful
    muslim parasites.
    Jacqui
    15th Feb 2017
    2:49pm
    Why should the western world constantly try and appease this backward muslim cult?
    Glen48
    15th Feb 2017
    4:33pm
    Push now to have Halal accommodation for Hotels etc,,
    trood
    16th Feb 2017
    1:24am
    Will the government & political parties have the balls to ban the burqa? lets hope so! not the politically correct stance they usually take to protect their own jobs! The burqa has no place in Australian society.


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