Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has rejected Pauline Hanson’s plan to ban the burqa in Queensland government buildings, saying such a measure is effectively already in place.
Ms Palaszczuk said on Tuesday the state already adhered to a series of national procedures and policies that required people to show their full face when entering government buildings.
“Also for driver’s licences this is already the law so I don’t know what she’s (Senator Hanson) particularly talking about when this already exists,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk said the existing policies did not specifically ban burqas, but rather required people to display their full face.
Ms Hanson on Monday said she would move to prohibit burqas in specific areas if she wins the upcoming Queensland state election.
“I’m going to ban the burqa in government buildings, banks and schools,” she told Sky News.
LNP-turned-One Nation party member Steve Dickson came out in support of his new leader’s stance on the issue on Tuesday.
“You can’t smoke in a government building, you can’t wear a motorcycle helmet so why should you wear a burqa?” Mr Dickson told ABC Radio.
“You’re still covering your face.”