Parliament changes mind over ‘burqa ban’

PARLIAMENTARY authorities have dumped a plan to segregate people wearing burqas and other face coverings in Parliament House.

All visitors to Parliament House will now be asked to remove the coverings when they initially pass through security.

Once they’ve been identified, visitors will then be free to move around the public areas of the building with burqas or other face coverings back on.


The new arrangement reverse the controversial decision to seat people wearing coverings like burqas in glassed-off areas normally reserved for noisy school children, announced on October 2.

That decision – made by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry – came after a week of heated debate about the potential security risk posed by burqas.