“Appalling” Stunt During Question Time

“Appalling” Stunt During Question Time

By Erin Archer

 

Pauline Hanson has caused an undoubtedly huge amount of controversy when she walked into Question Time on Thursday in the full Islamic dress, including the burqa, and then proceeded to ask the government to ban it.

The One Nation leader has been a loud and constant supporter of the “Ban The Burqa” push, and kicked up her campaign during Question Time when she walked into parliament wearing the Muslim garments, then proceeded to remove them to allegedly make a point, that “it is not what should belong in this parliament”.

“What I would like to ask, on behalf of the Australian people, considering there has been a large majority of Australians wished to see the banning of the burqa.” She said.

In response, Attorney General George Brandis then made an emotional rebuke telling Ms Hanson the government will not be banning the burqa, and that it was vital to the Australian federal police and intelligence agencies, that cooperative work continues with the Muslim community.

 

“To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments, is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done.” Senator Brandis said.

 

However Senator Hanson has since defended her actions, and has refused to apologised, as heard here, when she spoke to Sky News.  

While Senator Hanson disputes any offence or damage, the Australian Muslim Women’s Association disagreed, and has called out Ms Hanson’s comments and actions as incorrect.

Association President Silma Ihram labelled the stunt as very unfortunate, and said women have the right to choose how they dress, particularly in Australia.

“It’s a terrific thing about Australia – that it doesn’t force people to assimilate, but recognises their cultural diversity.”

What Ms Irham wants, is for Ms Hanson to meet with the Muslim community, to break some of the “very incorrect perceptions” about what Islam means to Muslims and how they live their lives.

Meanwhile experts have warned that Ms Hanson’s performance was counterproductive, and could damage domestic spy agency ASIO’s relationship with the Islamic community.

Deradicalisation expert Clarke Jones said what the One Nation leader’s actions may have risked is making Islamic youth feel unwelcome in Australia.

“Comments like that, language she used, stunts like this, is damaging kids’ spirits and making them question where they are and if they belong,” he said.

Even though Ms Hanson hasn’t yet denied any wrongdoing, the Australian government and the majority of the country seem to be standing behind the Muslim community, and are condemning what she has done.

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