Pauline Hanson's outrageous Senate burqa stunt ridiculed by shocked colleagues

NewsWorld News Watch – Leader of Australia’s right wing party rebuked for wearing burqa in Senate Joe Mellor

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Pauline Hanson wore a black burka covering herself from head to ankle for more than 10 minutes, before taking it off to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds.

She received no support in the senate, with Senator Brandis receiving a standing ovation from Labor and Greens senators while coalition senators also applauded following his admonishment.

She claimed the garment was "not Australian" and that wearing it "is incompatible with our culture and our way of life".

Senator Hanson's entrance drew audible gasps from many members of the Senate, and Liberal Senator from Tasmania Jonathon Duniam could be heard to say: "Oh, what on Earth?" Hanson asked, according to the Guardian Australia.

There have been several Twitter reactions to Hanson's burka wearing stunt in the parliament.

Hanson added the government showed it wasn't listening to the people when it chose not to ban the burka.

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

When she was done, Attorney-General George Brandis rose to reply, his voice sometimes catching as he defended his country's Muslim population.

"I'm very, very proud of her courage and strength and commitment to this country", he told the program.

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Andrew Meares Senator Pauline Hanson wears a burqa during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 17 August 2017.

Senate photography rules as recent as past year would have prevented media publishing Ms Hanson wearing the burka in the senate.

She said in a video she believed full face coverings were oppressive and presented barriers to assimilation.

But Senate President Stephen Parry said he'd verified that the woman underneath the veil had been her.

"I'm quite happy to remove this because it is not what should belong in this Parliament", Hanson said, flipping her hair back in place as she began.

Mr. Brandis said that about half a million people practice Islam in Australia, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding "good Australians".

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

Islam (2.6 percent) and Buddhism (2.4 percent) were the next most common religions reported, while almost a third of Australians (30 percent) reported in the Census that they had no religion in 2016.

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