Conservative Party leader Senator Cory Bernardi will be moving an amendment to a government bill to give police the same power they currently have in Western Australia and New South Wales – the ability to enforce the removal of face coverings, particularly burqas and niqabs at airports.
The news comes after a Beirut court heard this week that an Australian domestic airline flight was going to be blown up in 2017 as part of an Islamic State terror plot.
The Australian reports, the information has come from senior Islamic State fighter Tarek Khayat, sentenced to the death penalty in Iraq, in two confessions in recent months: one to Syrian Democratic Forces who caught him in Kurdish-held territory in December 2017 and then a second one in Iraq.
Tarek Khayat is the brother of Amer Khayat, an Australian citizen who faces life imprisonment or the death penalty for his alleged role in the Barbie doll plot to blow up an Etihad flight from Australia to Abu Dhabi in July 2017, and a subsequent plot to disperse chemical weapons in a crowded place in Sydney.
Senator Bernardi said, “Given the current climate of hyper-sensitivity to identity politics, we need to back in our police and our national security forces by enabling them to require the removal without fear of being hauled before some vilification tribunal or court.”
This is consistent with Senator Bernardi’s introduction of a bill to ban the burqa in September last year – having campaigned for a ban since 2010.
The South Australian Senator will be moving an amendment to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2018 this Thursday
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