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Pauline Hanson wore a black burka covering herself from head to ankle for more than 10 minutes, before taking it off to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds.

Speaking on 2GB, Hanson said that the stunt was to raise the issue of the security threat of full face coverings, and insisted that the gesture was not meant to cause offence as "people have a right to their own faith and what they believe in".

The government leader in the Senate, George Brandis, made it clear the Liberal-National Coalition will not be banning the garment.

PAULINE Hanson's office says its phone had been ringing non-stop in support of her Senate burqa stunt, in which she wore the religious garb into the chamber before dramatically ripping it off to make a point about terrorism security flaws.

One of Australia's most notorious burqa-wearers was Fatima Elomar, whose husband was killed fighting for Daesh in Syria in 2015.

The report also noted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull disagreed with her views and highlighted his comments that his "commitment is to an inclusive multicultural society which is based on mutual respect".

Senator Hanson is scheduled to deliver a speech outlining the full extent of her position later today. "Senator Hanson, it is absolutely consistent with being a good, law-abiding Australian and being a strict, adherent Muslim".

Senator Hanson, no, we will not be banning the burka.

"The meaning of the Islamic veil, niqab or burqa has varied over time but what has never changed is the way the wearer is separated from everyone else".

"What I have done today is an open up debate, and what Senator Brandis did today was just shut it down", Hanson said.

When question time in the senate ended at 3pm Greens senators crossed the chamber and shook hands with senator Brandis.

In her first speech as a Senator, Hanson said Australia was in "danger of being swamped by Muslims".

But is religious discrimination to be banned, only to allow the oppression of women in a garment some would also argue is archaic?

"I'm quite happy to remove this because this is not what should belong in this parliament", Hanson, leaders of Australia's far-right One Nation party, told the Senate, according to Reuters.

Hanson has campaigned against Islamic dress and the construction of mosques in recent years after rising to prominence in the 1990s for her fierce opposition to immigration from Asia.

The senators behind her did not look remotely surprised.


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