Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi's legislation to ban burqas at major airports as well as at Centrelink offices and citizenship ceremonies has received 95% support in a new online poll of almost 31,000 people.
Senator Bernardi believes the burqa — which entirely covers a woman’s face — could be totally banned in the ACT and NT.
“It’s just common sense," Senator Bernardi said,"If you’re at an airport you need to show your face, if you want a Centrelink payment you need to show your face, if you’re swearing allegiance to Australia you need to show your face".
“There’s also a massive security risk attached to it, particularly when we are relying on facial recognition.”
“It (the burqa) is a direct challenge to our cultural norms and our societal expectations. It’s a way of one group isolating themselves,” Senator Bernardi said.
Senator Bernardi, who has long backed a ban on the fundamentalist clothing, has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News he's please to see growing support for the ban.
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