Australia's parliament lifts ban on facial coverings

Australia's parliament lifts ban on facial coverings, including niqabs and burqas, after riticised by Muslim groups, lawmakers and opposition members of Australian parliament

Australia's parliament lifts ban on facial coverings

World Bulletin / News Desk

Australia's parliament lifts ban on facial coverings, including niqabs and burqas, after riticised by Muslim groups, especially women, a potential breach of federal anti-discrimination laws and opposition members of Australian parliament. 

Australia on Monday, in Parliament House, the Department of Parliamentary Services of spokesman said in a statement that “people wearing face coverings would again be allowed in all public areas of Parliament House.”

The short-lived ban had imposed the restrictions, which would have forced muslim women wearing head coverings to view chambers of parliament from a glassed-in gallery, where they could sit behind sound-proof glass, had sparked criticism that the government was inflaming tensions with the Muslim community following a series of security-related raids, were criticised by Muslim groups and opposition members of parliament.

The independent MP of Australia Andrew Wilkie had called the restrictions as "religious apartheid".

On Friday 17, PM Abbott had asked officials “to re-think restrictions on members of the public wearing face-coverings such as burqas in parliament following a public backlash against the measures”, Reuters and Associated Press reported.

The restrictions had been authorized by Parliament House Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, who has campaigned for a ban on Muslim head scarves in government schools, as well as Senate President Stephen Parry.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott had described, not long ago, the burqa as “confronting and something he wished people chose not to wear, but said it was not the role of government to tell people what to wear outside of secure buildings.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ekim 2014, 12:41

Muhammed Öylek

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