Friday 20 October 2017

Stunt goes awry for Australian burqa MP

Australian One Nation party leader, Senator Pauline Hanson pulls off a burqa in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Reuters
Australian One Nation party leader, Senator Pauline Hanson pulls off a burqa in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Reuters

Mark Molloy

An Australian Greens Party MP has revealed how he shook hands with firebrand anti-immigrant MP Pauline Hanson wearing a burqa in "solidarity", not realising it was a stunt.

Ms Hanson, leader of the right-wing One Nation party, caused a furore when she entered the Senate wearing the face-covering garment.

Greens MP Peter Whish-Wilson told BuzzFeed News Australia's political podcast 'Is It On?' that he saw a "woman in full dress and burqa" being followed around by security guards as he walked to Question Time.

"My initial reaction was anger and a bit of frustration, 'why are these guys following a woman in a burqa, who is allowed to be in that dress in parliament house?'," he said.

Not realising it was actually a fellow MP wearing the burqa, Mr Whish-Wilson decided to approach the woman to show his support.

"I went up to her and said, 'good on you' and put my hand out," he added.

Ms Hanson claimed she wore the Islamic garment in the chamber to highlight what she said were the security issues it posed, linking it to terrorism as fellow senators heckled her.

Irish Independent

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