Image: Twitter (ABC PoliPics)
Right now, the Senate is busy trying to work out whether Pauline Hanson is allowed to wear a burqa in the Federal Senate.
Here’s a full shot from Fairfax and the ABC:
A person wearing a burqa in the seat of Senator Pauline Hanson, during Question Time pic.twitter.com/k2eNrMKcb0
— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) August 17, 2017
— ABC PoliPics (@ABCPoliPics) August 17, 2017
In a post on Facebook and through a media release, Senator Hanson argued that “she made the decision to attend question time” in full face covering to “raise the issue of full face covering presenting a security threat not only to Parliament House, but also to the greater Australian public”.
The statement from Senator Hanson's facebook page pic.twitter.com/uI3I8Mgduw
— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) August 17, 2017
Welcome to Canberra today.
Update: Senator Hanson has since removed the burqa.
Hanson took off the burqa to ask her question about the burqa. #senateqt
— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) August 17, 2017
The federal Attorney General, George Brandis, responded afterwards by carpeting Senator Hanson for mocking the Australian Islamic community, resulting in a standing ovation from the Greens and Labor – but not Brandis’s Liberal colleagues, curiously.
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) August 17, 2017