Australian Muslim woman explains why she supports Cory Bernardi's burqa ban

September 18, 2018

An Australian Muslim woman has explained why she supports Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi's idea of banning the burqa in government buildings.

Mina Zaki (pictured) said security concerns outweighed the 'liberal ideal' of women being 'to wear whatever the hell they like', 'At the same time, there's a time and a place for everything and government buildings, there are safety risks,' she told 2GB's Ben Fordham.

The Canberra-based writer and mother-of-three, who is also a member of the Liberal Party, is backing Senator Bernardi's call to ban Muslim face covering at Centrelink offices and airports.

Beyond security concerns, the Canberra-based writer said the burqa was an affront to the idea of blending in.

'Burqas essentially I'm personally against because I feel that in a Western society, the purpose of a burqa in a non-western society or in a Muslim country like Saudi Arabia, for example, is to detract unwanted attention,' she said.

'In a place like Australia, it does the exact opposite.

'If you see somebody wearing a full covering, you're going to look at them twice.'

Senator Bernardi has also spoken to 2GB about his proposed burqa ban.

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