'Facial coverings' banned from open public galleries of Australia's parliament
October 2 , 2014
According to new rules, people wearing “facial coverings” wanting to enter the Australian parliament galleries will have to sit in a shielded section.
Though the rules do not specifically refer to burqas, they were announced after several days of intense debate over whether women should be allowed to wear the garment inside the parliament’s public areas.
Prime minister Tony Abbott said that though the government had no business commenting on what people should or should not wear, he found the burqa a “fairly confronting form of attire”.