Federal Parliament further descended into high farce on Thursday as One Nation senator Pauline Hanson entered the Senate chamber wearing a black burqa covering her face and head.
In a stunt to draw attention to her push to ban the face covering, Hanson entered the chamber wearing the shroud. It left her Senate colleagues shocked and open-mouthed during Question Time.
Hanson sat quietly, wearing the burqa, but eventually took it off after several minutes. She later took the floor to ask attorney-general George Brandis a question about Muslim face coverings and security, and was met by a quietly seething response. "I'm not going to pretend to ignore the stunt you tried to pull today," Brandis said. "We all know you are not an adherent to the Islamic faith. I caution and counsel you, with respect, to be very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians. "We have about half a million Australians in this country of the Islamic faith, and the vast majority are good, law-abiding Australians. "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 what you have done." 📷: Fairfax/Alex Ellinghausen