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The Three Tweets That Sum Up The Stupidity Of Australia's "Burqa Ban"

Australia's new Federal Police Commissioner says the burqa does not represent a security threat.

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Fairfax Media journalist Francis Keany tweeted comments from Palmer United Party's Senator Jacqui Lambie on Wednesday.

Sen. Lambie says burqa ban is needed "for both safety reasons & the divide it's causing in the community".

Frank Keany@redneckninja

Sen. Lambie says burqa ban is needed "for both safety reasons & the divide it's causing in the community".

9:41 AM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Senator Lambie's rationale is that the burqa and niqab represent a threat to national security.

Lambie claims ppl are crossing the road when they see burqas because "they're frightened". Asked why - says also worried about balaclavas

Frank Keany@redneckninja

Lambie claims ppl are crossing the road when they see burqas because "they're frightened". Asked why - says also worried about balaclavas

9:43 AM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But when pushed on whether it would breach basic religious freedom laws, she could not answer.

Lambie admits she "doesn't want to upset anyone in the process" and "doesn't have a law degree" when asked about constitutional legality

Frank Keany@redneckninja

Lambie admits she "doesn't want to upset anyone in the process" and "doesn't have a law degree" when asked about constitutional legality

9:46 AM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Senator Lambie is one of a handful of parliamentarians campaigning to ban the burqa on security grounds. The Prime Minister's influential Chief of Staff Peta Credlin is reportedly "sympathetic" to the move.

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Asked about his position Mr Abbott maintained any laws around the burqa or niqab would not be passed because "it's a free country".

Abbott on the burqa: “I find it fairly confronting attire… frankly I wish it was not worn”. But doesn't support ban.

Mark Di Stefano@MarkDiStef

Abbott on the burqa: “I find it fairly confronting attire… frankly I wish it was not worn”. But doesn't support ban.

11:41 AM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It was left to newly nominated AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin to rubbish claims the burqa was a "threat" to national security: "I’m not going to buy in whether it should be banned or not".

Let us all join hands and rejoice the fact there is majority bipartisan opposition against bringing in such a ban. Like, look at former NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell smacking down the trolls.

@MarkDiStef @barryofarrell @auspol If a motorcycle helmet is regarded as a security issue in banks and servo's, then ban the Burqa as well.

OZSundown@OZSundown

@MarkDiStef @barryofarrell @auspol If a motorcycle helmet is regarded as a security issue in banks and servo's, then ban the Burqa as well.

12:08 PM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@OZSundown @MarkDiStef @Auspol but motorcycle helmets aren't banned! NSW law requires any face covering to be removed if asked by police.

Barry O'Farrell@barryofarrell

@OZSundown @MarkDiStef @Auspol but motorcycle helmets aren't banned! NSW law requires any face covering to be removed if asked by police.

12:21 PM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite