George Brandis Absolutely Rinses Pauline Hanson In Parliament Over Her Burqa Stunt

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Australian Sen. Pauline Hanson sent Parliament into a frenzy Thursday by entering the Senate chambers wearing a burqa, making a statement as part of her campaign to ban the traditional Islamic garb.

The senate erupted with applause as he concluded his reply and Labor senators and many on the crossbench stood to applaud.

"No, Senator Hanson, we will not ban the burqa", he said.

Given speaking time, Attorney General George Brandis raked Hanson over the coals over her blatant disregard for the burqa as a religious garment for a significant portion of the Australian population.

Hanson said no security guards had tried to identify her as she walked anonymously into the chambers (the Senate president denied this, according to the Associated Press).

Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong added: "It is one thing to wear religious dress as a honest act of faith; it is another to wear it as a stunt here in the Senate". "And so many in the suburbs of Sydney, if you are honest about it, if you are not a Muslim, you really don't want to go to these places because you don't feel welcome there", she said. People are confronted by people wearing the burqa, ' Ms Hanson said.

In video of the parliamentary session, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson can be seen taking her seat in the floor-length Islamic garment.

"What I have done today is an open up debate, and what Senator Brandis did today was just shut it down", Hanson said.

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The politician was widely criticized online for her recent stunt, by the public and fellow politicians.

"We have countries around the world-Malaysia, Tunisia, Congo, Egypt-that have actually banned the burqa, these are predominately dominating Muslim countries".

In her first speech as a Senator, Hanson said Australia was in "danger of being swamped by Muslims".

"Next time maybe Pauline Hanson can wear Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility", he said.

Despite this, the One Nation party leader was unrepentant, smiling through Brandis's rebuke and leaving the chamber after her question was asked.

FAR RIGHT Australian lawmaker Pauline Hanson has entered the Australian Senate in a burqa, in a move deemed an "appalling" stunt by Australia's top legal official.

One Twitter user, apparently a Melbourne-based, hijab-wearing Muslim woman, condemned Hanson's act.

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