Burka row senator seeks ban on face coverings
An Australian senator who provoked a backlash by wearing a burka in parliament has urged politicians to ban full-face Islamic coverings in public places.
Pauline Hanson, leader of the One Nation minor party, argued for proposed laws that she introduced into the senate that would make wearing full-face coverings an offence punishable by a 4,200 Australian dollar (£2,500) fine.
Compelling others to wear such coverings would carry a prison sentence of up to six months and a 42,000 Australian dollar fine (£25,400), she said.
Ms Hanson proposes several exempt circumstances including entertainment and sport. Three senators including Ms Hanson argued over her bill before a majority of senators shut down debate until a later date.
PM Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out his conservative government ever banning Islamic face coverings.