SUPPORT THE BURQA.
The burqa is a religious a long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by many Muslim women. Although banning the burqa in both public and parliament areas would go against section 116 of the Australia constitution which states that “The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.” Extra security precautions have been announced on the 2nd of October where persons with facial coverings entering the galleries of the House of Representatives and Senate will be seated in the enclosed galleries, which will ensure that persons with facial coverings can continue to enter the Chamber galleries, without needing to be identifiable. Other changes to the pass policy included a freeze on renewing or issuing sponsored passes, and the requirement of photo ID for all adult visitors. During the debate for banning the burqa in public and political environments, the Prime Minister has said that the burqa is a "fairly confronting form of attire and frankly I wish it weren't worn" (The Sydney Morning Herald). Additionally, the senator for the Palmers United party has also taken an anti-burqa stance as she is arguing that imposing the Sharia law on to Australians would be unconstitutional and she hopes that banning identity concealing religious garments would be put into a conscience vote.