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Tony Abbott wishes burqa 'was not worn' in Australia

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has admitted he finds burqas confronting, saying he "wishes" they were not worn in the country.

His comments came after backbenchers, central Queensland MP George Christensen and Senator Cory Bernardi, raised "security concerns" about the wearing of the religious headdress to parliament.

But Mr Abbott said it was appropriate that in certain circumstances "people be required to show their face", and that there couldn't be "one rule for one form of attire and a different rule for another".

"I just want to stress that this is a secure building and it should be governed by the rules appropriate for a secure building and obviously people need to be identifiable," he said.

But Mr Abbott also reiterated that he had previously said he found the burqa a "confronting" form of attire and that "frankly I wish it was not worn"."

But we are a free country, we are a free society and it is not the business of government to tell people what they should and shouldn't wear," he said.


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