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Burqa crackdown: 'Facial coverings' restricted in Parliament House public galleries
by Latika Bourke
Muslim women who wear the burqa into Federal Parliament will be banned from watching proceedings from regular public galleries and will be forced to sit in glass enclosures instead.
Extra security measures were announced on Thursday afternoon while Parliament's Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry await security officials' advice on a request from Liberal senator Cory Bernardi to ban the religious face-covering from being worn in the building.
Senator Bernardi believes the burqa is a symbol of oppression and un-Australian but wants it banned from Parliament on security grounds.
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