In reaction to Senator Pauline Hanson’s wearing of a burqa on the floor of the Senate yesterday, in a call for the garment to be banned in Australia, Amnesty International Australia’s Campaigns Manager Michael Hayworth said:
“Senator Hanson’s burqa stunt is a revolting act of intolerance. Women of all faiths and backgrounds should be free to wear what they want.
“This stunt is an attack on all women, in particular Muslim women, whose clothing is already the target of verbal and physical abuse on Australian streets.
“Attorney General George Brandis’ rebuke yesterday of Senator Hanson’s stunt and call for a burqa ban was a welcome stand against a rising tide of religious intolerance.”