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    Aboriginal People Fear For Lives Of Their Children After Killer Sentenced To Three Years In Jail

    "The fact he was run over, because of the bike, does this not resonate with everyone across the country?"

    Posted on July 24, 2017

    Supporters of Aboriginal teenager Elijah Doughty, who died after being run down by a non-Indigenous man in a 4WD last year in Kalgoorlie, have gathered in major centres across the country calling for justice, not just for Doughty, but all black victims.

    Shockwaves were felt across Aboriginal Australia on Friday when the man responsible for killing Doughty was found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury in the Supreme Court of WA.


    He was instead convicted of the lesser charge of driving dangerously causing death, and sentenced to a maximum of three years, backdated to the time of his arrest. He will be eligible for parole in February, after serving 18 months.



    The decision to charge him with manslaughter, rather than murder, angered the local Aboriginal community in Kalgoorlie last year, with community members staging an uprising outside the courthouse.



    The scenes sparked intense media interest. Prior to the protests, the mainstream media had largely ignored the teenager's death.

    The 56-year-old man, whose name has been suppressed by the court, was driving a white 4WD in August last year, when he spotted Doughty on a red motorbike in a reserve in the remote Western Australian city of Kalgoorlie.


    The man was pursuing a stolen motorbike. There is no evidence Doughty stole the bike, or had knowledge it was stolen.


    The man chased Doughty, catching up with him just as the dirt track they were both on curved to the left, according to The Guardian. He claimed Doughty "tried to get in front of me and he was already there".
    Within moments Doughty had lost his life, dying instantly from massive head trauma and internal injuries, including a severed spinal cord.


    Last Friday's verdict, which came after the jury had deliberated for more than six hours, was met with sorrow and anger by members of Doughty's family and supporters, who continued to call for justice in a protest outside the court.



    But it had wider repercussions across Australia, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people voicing their anger and despair at the verdict, many viewing Doughty as their own son, brother, nephew or cousin.
    For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is the latest in a long list of injustices that support the view that Australia treats black lives as dispensable.


    Rallies were organised quickly over the weekend, with the first three held in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide today.


    In Adelaide, about 100 people converged outside the state's Supreme Court, chanting "no peace, no justice". The protest later moved to the attorney-general's department, where members staged a sit-in.
    Wiradjuri woman Latoya Rule, whose brother Wayne "Fella" Morrison died in a South Australian prison last year, told BuzzFeed News the man's acquittal for manslaughter had left her with a "sense of hopelessness".


    "These issues have intergenerational aspects to them," Rule told BuzzFeed News.


    "This isn't the first time a black person has been hit by a car and run over and nothing happened."


    Rule said she found the media coverage of Aboriginal protestors, who were viewed as "violent", distressing.

    "Most of the protests have actually been non-violent. These portrayals of Aboriginal protests as violent, or deaths in custody victims as violent...it's as if our lives don't matter."


    She said that while some members of the public were blaming Aboriginal people, no-one was asking about the man's culpability, and how his own community justified Doughty's death.


    "In some of the comments, they've been framing it as a community breakdown about parenting and raising Aboriginal children," Rule said.


    "But not one person is asking, 'What about the man's parents?' No-one is questioning his family, or his community. No-one is asking his community about how they justify a person believing they are allowed to run someone over for apparently stealing a bike."


    Rule said she fears for other Aboriginal children.


    "I'm so worried to even have children. I'm so worried to even think of young people growing up in the next 20 or 30 years because of the way it is going, we are going to see more young people like Elijah.


    "And they'll start being scared to walk the streets, to ride their bikes, to enjoy their childhood. And I don't want them to grow up in a society, the land of their ancestors, and feel scared."


    Similar questions were posed outside the New South Wales' Supreme Court in Sydney, where over 200 people congregated to call for justice.


    Aunty Jenny Munro told the gathering that Doughty's case was similar to that of TJ Hickey, who died after being chased by police through the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern in 2004.




    She said the sentence was manifestly inadequate.


    "[Doughty] will never walk, or talk, or breathe or sing or make babies for his mother to call grandchildren," Munro said.


    "This man killed him. We are still getting conflicting information from the media as usual, they are still calling it a stolen bike. The fact he was run over, because of the bike, does this not resonate with everyone across the country?


    "Is there not a deep feeling of unease in everybody’s heart? The whispering that becomes a shout, that becomes unbearable after a while?"


    Shaun Harris, whose niece Ms Dhu died in a South Hedland police cell after being refused medical care three times in 2014, told the rally his family knew what Doughty'd family was going through. Mr Harris appeared alongside Ms Dhu's mother Della Roe.


    "Kalgoorlie is one of the most racist places in Australia hands down, and all the racists in Australia have proudly stood up to try and defend their racist capital known as Kalgoorlie," Harris said.


    "But we are all standing together as one, which helps us massively in our fight, not just for black deaths in custody, but also black issues, and most certainly for a 14-year-old boy. The fact is he was run over. If he wasn't being chased this wouldn't have bloody happened. And we wouldn't be here today.
    "Again."


    There will be rallies in coming weeks in Brisbane, Alice Springs, Geraldton, Kununurra (Western Australia) and Melbourne.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/amymcquire/...zwE#.tyD9jjAgO

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    Melbourne attack on Muslim girls 'disturbing and brazen': Islamophobia Register

    2016/03/30

    Three Muslim girls have been subjected to a "disturbing and brazen attack" in a reserve in Geelong, Victoria.

    Three Muslim schoolgirls have spoken of the terror they felt in what has described as a “disturbing and brazen” racially-motivated attack by a gang of youths.

    10-year-old Aima Sadiq-Ali, 12-year-old Walija Iqbalali, and Nadia Ali-Ahmad, 15, were playing in a Geelong park last Wednesday around 5.30pm, when a group of boys and girls approached and hurled racial abuses at them.

    They then proceeded to forcibly rip off Aima and Nadia’s hijabs, which caused grazing to Aima’s neck.

    “They said go back to your country. I’m gonna f*** your mum, like rude words.”
    Aima Sadiq-Ali told Channel Seven.

    “They’re saying our scarf (is) poo, (they were) saying ‘get off your poo’.”


    Walija Iqbalali said her foot was heavily bruised as the gang repeatedly punched and kicked them, and then pelted them with rocks.

    “One of the little girls, she was like seven years old, and she was filling her socks with rocks and hitting us,”
    Ms Iqbalali said to Channel Seven.

    “I couldn’t even control myself as I was really upset,” Nadia Ali-Ahmad added.

    As the trio attempted to escape and call police, Aima’s mobile phone was taken off her and smashed into pieces.

    A parent related to one of the offenders later arrived, but the girls say instead of stopping the violence, the parent egged the gang on.

    “They hit us, and their mum is like saying rude words to us to ‘go back to your country, go back to your country,’”
    she said.

    In a statement, Victoria Police said they are hunting the group of “about ten youths”, aged between seven and 16, and confirmed an older woman was believed to be with them.

    Acting Senior Sergeant Jonathan Parish said the attacks were extremely distressing.

    "It is a sickening attack. It's extremely alarming. They're young girls, they should be able to go to a local park and enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the community, without being subjected to this kind of behaviour," he said.

    "They certainly have the right to practice their faith and be safe and secure whilst doing so."

    Islamophobia Register Australia president Mariam Veiszadeh said in a statement on the group's Facebook page that the "disturbing and brazen" attack on the three girls was part of a wider trend.

    "The news of this incident comes amidst a global political landscape in which Islamophobia is becoming increasingly mainstream so people feel more emboldened to engage in a manner that is prejudicial towards Muslims and in this case, against children," she said.

    "We are currently in the process of working with a number of academics to analyse over 12 months worth of data from the Islamophobia Register Australia in an endeavour to publish a Final Findings Report later this year which aims to shed light on the trends we are seeing in our data.

    "Many incidents like this continue to go unreported.
    Please help us, protect our communities by reporting any such incidents to Police and to us at the Register."

    The girls suffered minor injuries, but said the emotional trauma sustained was severe and are now too frightened to go outside without their parents
    , who fled war-torn Afghanistan.

    “I’m so scared, and my mum’s scared too,” Aima Sadiq-Ali said.

    Police have urged for anyone with information to come forward.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2...hobia-register


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    These little terrorists learned that hatred from their terrorist parents like that retard that egged them on when she showed up. Such is the mind of these uneducated welfare filth living like leaches off the welfare of the state which also is made from the wealth of international students.

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    The threat of terrorism in Australia is a scam that costs us dearly

    JULY 25 2017

    These days there aren't many scams bigger than all the fuss we're making about the threat of terrorism coming to our shores.

    What makes the scam worse is that we bring it on ourselves.

    According to a survey conducted by the Australian National University last year, 45 per cent of people said they were somewhat or very concerned that they or their family could be the victim of a terrorist attack in Australia.

    But I'm not first to point out that this degree of concern is totally out of whack with the actual risk of being attacked.

    In the past two decades, just three people have died as victims of terrorist attacks (broadly defined) in Australia. They were the two victims of the Martin Place siege and the NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.

    When Malcolm Turnbull was announcing the formation of the mega Home Affairs department last week, which he insisted was all about improving the domestic security response to "the very real threat of home-grown terrorism that has increased with the spread of global Islamist terrorism", he said that intelligence and law enforcement agencies had successfully interdicted 12 imminent terrorist attacks since September 2014.

    There's no way of checking that claim, nor guessing how much harm would actually have transpired, but if that figure of 12 impresses you, you're making my point. Relative to all the other threats we face, it's chicken feed.

    Professor Greg Austin, of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of NSW, has written that more Australians have died at the hands of police, lawfully or unlawfully, in 10 years – at least 50 between 2006 and 2015 – than from terrorist attacks in Australia in the past 20 years.

    You reckon terrorism's a great threat? What about the more than 318 deaths from domestic violence just in 2014 and 2015?

    The former senior bureaucrat John Menadue has written that Australia's alcohol toll is 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisation a day.

    The journalist Bernard Keane says that between 2003 and 2012, there were 2617 homicides and 190 deaths from accidental gun discharges. More than 130 rural workers died from falling off vehicles, 206 died from electrocution and 1700 Indigenous people died from diabetes.

    Why do we so greatly overestimate the risk of being affected by terrorism? Many reasons.

    Part of it is that, as psychologists have demonstrated, the human animal is quite bad at assessing probabilities. We tend to underestimate big risks (such as getting killed on the road) and overestimate small risks (such as winning Lotto or being caught up in terrorism).

    We tend to assess the likelihood of a particular event according to its "salience" – how well we remember hearing of similar events in the past and how much notice we took of them.

    Trouble is, most of what we know about what's happening beyond our personal experience comes to us from the news media, and the media focus almost exclusively on happenings that are highly unusual, ignoring the everyday occurrences.

    They do so because they know this is what we find most interesting. They tell us more about the bad things that happen than the good things for the same reason.

    The media know how worried and upset we get by terrorist attacks, so they give saturation coverage to attacks occurring almost anywhere in the world.

    The unfortunate consequence is we can't help but acquire an exaggerated impression of how common terrorist incidents are and how likely it is one could affect us.

    But it's not all the media' fault. Of the many threats we face, we take special interest in terrorism because it's far more exciting than boring things like road accidents or people drinking too much.

    The other special, anger-rousing characteristic of terrorism is that it comes from overseas and thus stirs one of our most primeval reflexes: xenophobia.

    Our response to terrorism is emotional rather than thoughtful. And that leaves us open to manipulation by people with their own agendas.

    After the media come the politicians. It's conventional wisdom among the political class that security issues tend to favour the Liberals over Labor. That's why conservative politicians are always trying to heighten our fear of terrorism (see Turnbull above) and why Labor avoids saying anything that could have it accused of being "soft on terror".

    After the politicians come all the outfits that make their living from "domestic security" – spooks, policy people, equipment suppliers and myriad consultants – all of them doing what they can to keep us alarmed but not alert.

    Domestic security is probably the fastest-growing area of government spending. None of the budget restraint applies to it. That's partly because of public pressure, partly because of the security industry's success in wheedling money out of the pollies, and partly because, should some terrible event ever happen, the pollies want to have proof they tried their best to prevent it.

    What's this got to do with economics? Everything. Economics is about achieving the most efficient use of scarce resources.

    We face many threats to life and limb and are right to expect the government to do what it can to reduce them. But there's a limit to how much tax we're prepared to pay, and the more money we lavish on the tiny risk of local terrorism, the more we underspend on many far greater risks to our lives.

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-th...25-gxi2nk.html

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    Melbourne Sikh family challenge 'inclusive' Christian school's ban on boy's turban

    By Emma Younger | Updated 24 Jul 2017



    A Melbourne family has launched legal action against a Christian school for banning their son from wearing his traditional Sikh patka, a turban worn by children.

    Sidhak Singh Arora, 5, was due to start prep at Melton Christian College, in Melbourne's north-west, this year.

    But his patka does not comply with the school's uniform policy which prohibits students from wearing any type of religious head covering.

    His family have taken their fight to VCAT, claiming the school had breached the state's Equal Opportunity Act by discriminating against their son on religious grounds.

    Outside court, the boy's father Sagardeep Singh Arora said he was surprised the school would not make an exemption for his son.

    "I was very surprised in an advanced country like Australia, they are still not allowing us to wear patka in the school," he said.

    "On the basis of that they are not giving enrolment in the school.

    Sidhak has enrolled at another school, but his parents hope Melton Christian College will be forced to change its policy so he can enrol there instead.

    The VCAT hearing was told the college had an open enrolment policy which allowed children of all faiths to enrol.

    'We don't want children standing out as different'

    Former college council member Stephen Liefting told the hearing they were inclusive of people of all faiths.

    "As long as they don't wear clothing that promotes other religions," he said.

    "We don't want children standing out as different … we're inclusive in the college.

    Principal David Gleeson gave evidence that a number of Sikh students attend the school but do not wear the patka.

    "I think one of the real strengths of the college is that we're blind to … everyone is blind to religious affiliations," he said.

    "Anything additional to the uniform isn't allowed."

    Mr Gleeson gave an example of another student who liked wearing a New Balance cap but was not allowed to.

    The college claimed it was not breaching the Equal Opportunity Act as there was not an exemption allowing it to enforce reasonable dress standards.

    The hearing will continue on Wednesday.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-2...cebook_Organic

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    Australian navy cadets 'forced to rape each other in training' as 'rite of passage'

    Former navy member said he was 'snatched' in the middle of the night and sexually abused and raped


    22 June 2016

    A Royal Commission into abuse within the Australian Navy has heard graphic claims that cadets were forced into sexual abuse including raping each other and details of a teenage girl who committed suicide following a sexual relationship with an instructor.


    The abuse has been described as a “rite of passage”, which included violent initiations rituals including “blackballing”, which involved putting shoe polish on genitals and a “royal flush” which put people’s heads in a used toilet and flushing it.


    The commission heard how victims who complained of the claims were told to “suck it up… it will make a man out of you,” the Australian Telegraph reported.


    A former navy member said he was “snatched” in the middle of the night and taken to a sports oval where he was sexually abused.


    “On multiple occasions I was snatched in the middle of a night and dragged to a sports oval,” he told News.com.


    “I was forced to suck another recruit’s penis or lick a junior recruit’s anus.... Other times I was forced to have anal intercourse with junior recruits or I was raped by another junior recruit who was directed to do so by the older recruits or base staff.”


    Eleanore Tibble, a 15-year-old candidate who had a sexual relationship with a 30-year-old instructor, was threatened with a dishonourable discharge for “fraternisation”, resulting in her taking her own life in 2000, aged 16.


    A third former recruit, Graeme Frazer, who joined the navy aged 16 told the commission he was left unconscious after being forced to run along a corridor while other recruits threw bags filled with irons, boots and other heavy items at him.


    He is one of 14 surviving witnesses who will be giving evidence at the commission.


    He said he was told the abuse was a “rite of passage in the real navy,” adding that the commission was “a symbolic day that marks the end of 49 years of torment”.


    The commission was launched in 2012 following 2,4000 complaints and has since heard from 111 people who has experienced sexual, physical and mental abuse within the Australian Defence Force (ADF).


    The two week hearing on the ADF’s handling of the abuse allegations began on Tuesday.


    The existing cadet’s programme currently has around 25,000 active members.


    The hearing will continue in Sydney on Wednesday when two former ADF officers and a chaplain take the stand.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7094956.html

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    Australia will join the conflict if North Korea attacks the US: Malcolm Turnbull

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    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared Australia would invoke the ANZUS security treaty for only the second time in its history in response to any attack by North Korea against the United States.


    Mr Turnbull also pushed back against calls - including from former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd - for Australia to develop a missile defence shield to protect the mainland from the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range missile program.


    The Prime Minister's commitment to assist the US caps off days of escalating tensions, with US President Donald Trump threatening to unleash "fire and fury" on the rogue state and the North Korean regime warning it would attack the US Pacific territory of Guam.


    "The United States has no stronger ally than Australia. We have an ANZUS agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the United States ... each of us will come to the other's aid," Mr Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.


    "So let's be very clear about that. If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea, then the ANZUS treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States."
    Former prime minister John Howard invoked the ANZUS treaty for the first time after the September 11 attacks against New York and Washington.

    Mr Turnbull's declaration marks a strengthening of the government's position after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday that, under the ANZUS alliance, Australia only had an "obligation to consult".

    Mr Turnbull spoke to US Vice-President Mike Pence on Thursday night and said everyone understood Australia's commitment to the ally was "absolutely rock-solid".


    His predecessor, Mr Abbott, has told Fairfax Media that Australia "should be urgently investing in upgraded missile defences".


    Mr Turnbull said: "The current advice from Defence to the government is that they do not consider that there is a benefit to deploy a system such as the THAAD system - that is terminal high altitude area defence, bit of a mouthful - for defence of Australian territory.


    "And the reason for that is that THAAD is designed to provide protection for relatively small areas against short to intermediate range missiles. So it is deployed in Israel. It is deployed in South Korea. And it is not designed to provide protection against long range intercontinental ballistic missiles of the sort North Korea has recently tested."


    The Prime Minister expressed confidence that diplomatic pressures and sanctions would "bring the [North Korean] regime to its senses in a peaceful manner".


    The ANZUS collective security treaty - signed in 1951 by Australia, the US and New Zealand - compels its parties to "consult together" and "act to meet the common danger".


    New Zealand withdrew from the treaty in the 1980s following disputes over nuclear weapons and its refusal to host US warships in ports and harbours.






    Since it was struck, ANZUS has underpinned Australia's defence policy, providing Australia's relatively small defence forces with the back-up of the world's leading military superpower.


    After invoking ANZUS in 2001, Mr Howard said Australia would consult with the US and consider any requests "within the limits of its capability".


    A month later, the government committed Australian troops to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.


    Opponents have criticised the treaty, arguing it unnecessarily places Australia's security at risk.


    Greens leader Richard Di Natale said: "The last thing we need here is a Prime Minister backing an unhinged and paranoid leader into a conflict that could potentially end life on Earth as we know it."


    He accused Mr Turnbull of putting a target on Australia's back and called on him to tell the US President to "back off".


    "If there was ever a clearer example of why Australia needs to ditch the US alliance and forge an independent, non-aligned foreign policy, this is it. Malcolm Turnbull now needs to pick up the phone, he needs to talk to Donald Trump and urge him to de-eascalate."

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politi...10-gxty5f.html

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    Far-right Australian senator slammed for burqa 'stunt'


    August 17, 2017



    An Australian senator known for her strong stance against Muslim immigration has been widely condemned for wearing a burqa to Parliament House.

    In video of the parliamentary session, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson can be seen taking her seat in the floor-length Islamic garment. A voice on the recording can be heard saying, "What on Earth?"


    Hanson has long called for the burqa to be banned in public, saying the central issue is the "right of others to see a face."

    Amid unrest from her fellow senators, Hanson dramatically took off the veil, saying "I'm quite happy to remove this because it's not what should belong in this parliament."


    Hanson then asked Attorney General George Brandis, if "in light of what is happening with national security... will you work to ban the burqa?"
    Brandis, a member of the governing Liberal National coalition, received a standing ovation when, close to tears, he tore into Hanson for mocking the Muslim dress.


    "Senator Hanson, no, we will not be banning the burqa."


    "Senator Hanson, I'm not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa, when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith."


    He told Hanson to be "very, very careful" of offending the "religious sensibilities of other Australians."


    "To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do," he said.

    Terror threat

    In a speech to Parliament, Hanson referred to terror threats as one reason for her proposed ban.


    Australia's terrorism threat level is currently listed as "probable," on a four level scale between "possible" and "expected."


    Last month, Australian authorities thwarted alleged twin terror plots described as the "most sophisticated" ever planned on Australian soil. They included plans to release a toxic gas in public.

    Since Australia's national terrorism threat level was last raised in September 2014, there have been five attacks and 13 "major counter terrorism disruptions," according to a representative for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization.


    In her speech, Hanson cited an attack on the Iranian parliament building in June, by men believed to be dressed in burqas, as being one example of the security threat.


    "This is not the first case of this kind and it will not be the last," she said.

    Growing Muslim population

    The issue of burqa bans flared across the West last year amid calls to ban the full-length garment. They're already banned in France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. Earlier this year, the German parliament voted in favor of a partial ban, backed by Prime Minister Angela Merkel.



    In a Facebook post, Hanson said: "I have long believed that full face coverings, such as the burqa, were oppressive, presented barriers to assimilation, disadvantaged women from finding employment, were causing issues inside our justice system, presented a clear security threat and has no place in modern Western society."


    According to a Pew Research Center poll released in February, around half of Australian surveyed said that sharing the customs and traditions of the country is very important to anyone to be considered "truly" Australian.


    There are around 600,000 Muslims in Australia -- about 2.6% of the population -- according to 2016 Census data.


    The Australian far right has long attempted to ban face-covering Muslim clothing, however, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has insisted that it won't happen.

    Divisive figure

    This is not the first time Pauline Hanson has captured the political spotlight in Australia.
    The far-right politician became a national figure in Australia in 1996 when during her first speech to Parliament, after being elected as an independent MP, she said the country was at risk of being "swamped by Asians."


    Among the policies of Hanson's One Nation party are surveillance cameras in mosques, stopping Muslim immigration to Australia and holding a national inquiry into Islam.


    She was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $500,000 in election funding in 2003 and spent 11 weeks in jail before successfully appealing.


    Hanson has run in numerous elections, including the 2007 and 2013 general votes, but has failed to win a seat until now. She also appeared on several reality TV shows, including Australia's Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.


    While the populist has been compared by some in the Australian media to US President Donald Trump -- and Hanson herself boasted of being invited to his inauguration -- his administration recently listed her political party a threat to religious freedom.


    The International Religious Freedom Report, published annually by the US government, highlights the campaign platform of Hanson's One Nation Party, which included "cessation of Muslim immigration and limits on some Islamic practices," among an executive summary of the current status of religious freedom in Australia.
    Online criticism

    The politician was widely criticized online for her recent stunt, by the public and fellow politicians.


    One Twitter user, apparently a Melbourne-based, hijab-wearing Muslim woman, condemned Hanson's act.


    "Our choice of clothing and religious expression is not your political football," she wrote.

    Some, however, applauded her move.


    "Pauline Hanson made a very powerful statement in the Australian Senate by wearing a burqa," one commenter wrote. "And Australian senators couldn't stomach it!"

    Opposition leader Bill Shorten said the politician's "stunt" was "beneath contempt."

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/17/asia/a...rqa/index.html


 

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