From my latest post for Global Voices Online: Burqa Banished Behind Glass in Australian Parliament
There have been strong reactions to a decision on 2 October 2014 by the presiding officers of the Australian parliament concerning the burqa.The current controversy should be seen in the context of:
The raising of the National Terrorism Public Alert level from Medium to High, “that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack”. High profile security raids with subsequent terrorism charges. The stabbing of two police officers by a Muslim youth who was shot dead. Australia’s military participation in the coalition against the so-called Islamic State. New, tougher anti-terrorism laws that have been condemned by some as striking “at the heart of press freedom”.
Twitter was ablaze with lots of opposition to and some support for the proposal.