Ban on face coverings in Australian parliament lifted
October 20 , 2014
Australia has lifted restrictions imposed on women wearing face coverings inside the parliament building, according to media reports.
The parliament had earlier said that any person wearing a face covering would need to sit in a separate public gallery of the parliament.
Rights groups had criticized the decision, which would largely affect Muslim women wearing niqabs or burqas, as discriminatory.
Parliament officials have now said that visitors will have to briefly show their face to security and then they “are free to move about the public spaces of the building…with facial coverings in place.”