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An Embarrassing Dump Of Outrageous Muslim Segregation Rules

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is to intervene after new security measures put niqab and burqa wearers behind glass.

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UPDATE Monday 20 October 0745AEST: The Speaker confirmed that the new rules were dumped.

BREAKING: Speaker Bronwyn Bishop reverses decision to ban burka-wearers from main gallery in Parliament

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BREAKING: Speaker Bronwyn Bishop reverses decision to ban burka-wearers from main gallery in Parliament

7:38 AM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bronwyn Bishop made the announcements to reporters several weeks after the controversial new laws were announced.

Ms Bishop indicated that women wearing facial coverings will no longer be required to sit in a segregated part of the public gallery, but will be required to identify themselves on entry to the main parliamentary building just once.

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Tony Abbott is reportedly going to push back against yesterday's decision by the Speaker and the Senate president to force those wearing "facial coverings" into enclosed rooms with schoolchildren to view proceedings.

A spokeswoman for the prime minister's office would not comment on the mounting speculation, but insisted that a press release would be issued with Abbott's plans.

Update – 3 October, 2pm AEST: Abbott has asked the speaker to "rethink" the rules, and insists the issue will be resolved within a fortnight.

Abbott confirmed that he was first told of the rule changes before question time on Thursday and that he's spoken with the Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop.

"I asked the Speaker to rethink that decision and my understanding is that it was an interim decision," he said. "I'm sure that the matter will be fully resolved before the parliament comes back in a fortnight."

Prime Minister Abbott says burqa rules “should be resolved” before parliament resumes in a fortnight

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Prime Minister Abbott says burqa rules “should be resolved” before parliament resumes in a fortnight

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It's also been revealed that rumours of a planned protest involving people wearing burqas was the cause of the sudden changes.

According to Fairfax Media, authorities had heard that people dressed in burqas were planning to come to Parliament House and heckle from the public gallery.

The new rules were mercilessly mocked by both sides of the political divide, with only a small group of fringe MPs supporting the move.

Front page of The Courier-Mail. No one is buying the burqa ban #auspol

Christopher Dore@wrongdoreyFollow

Front page of The Courier-Mail. No one is buying the burqa ban #auspol

1:15 PM - 02 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Bernardi sarcastically tweeted that the rules also govern members of the KKK.

I agree with Waleed Aly, these garments have no place in Parliament House either. Just common sense

Cory Bernardi@corybernardiFollow

I agree with Waleed Aly, these garments have no place in Parliament House either. Just common sense

1:32 AM - 03 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

All other parliamentarians who have put their position on the record have come out against the rules.

Malcolm Turnbull dumps on burqa ban idea being used as coded attack on Muslims, doing "terrorists work" http://t.co/fmJlVyN5D0

Samantha Maiden@samanthamaidenFollow

Malcolm Turnbull dumps on burqa ban idea being used as coded attack on Muslims, doing "terrorists work" http://t.co/fmJlVyN5D0

8:43 AM - 03 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I am embarrassed that segregation has been implemented in Australia's Parliament.

Michelle Rowland@MRowlandMPFollow

I am embarrassed that segregation has been implemented in Australia's Parliament.

6:04 PM - 02 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Looks like @TonyAbbottMHR forced to back down on segregation of Australian women who are Muslims. Let's keep up pressure. #auspol

Christine Milne@senatormilneFollow

Looks like @TonyAbbottMHR forced to back down on segregation of Australian women who are Muslims. Let's keep up pressure. #auspol

8:23 PM - 02 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A spokesperson for the Speaker's office said the prime minister's office had not submitted any concerns as yet, and that the new rules are only "interim measures".

Malcolm Turnbull says he's only seen one person wearing a burqa in the Parliament House public galleries in the 10 years he's been an MP

Simon Cullen@Simon_CullenFollow

Malcolm Turnbull says he's only seen one person wearing a burqa in the Parliament House public galleries in the 10 years he's been an MP

9:05 AM - 03 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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