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Burqa Banished Behind Glass

October 6, 2014 - 17:23 -- Admin

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.