Have you ever wondered why helmets have to be removed in banks, airports etc. but an Islamic head (Niqab) or full face body covering (Burka) on a Muslim woman does not? Well, the political party One Nation is confronting this issue in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).
On the One Nation web site we read that ‘The question of Islamic full-face coverings has been ignored by the major parties in NSW, which are frozen and fearful of the PC-outage industry. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, however, believes in speaking frankly about this vital social and security concern.
For many Australians, an important question of social integration concerns the wearing of the burqa and other head coverings by Islamic women. At its core, this is a sexist practice, decreed by male relatives to stop other men from viewing the bare flesh of ‘their women’.
One would normally expect the Left of politics to object to sexism of this kind. But in the confused world of identity politics, it’s a case of identities colliding – putting Islamic right ahead of female rights.
So what should be done? As a matter of personal freedom, adults should be able to wear what they want in the privacy of their own home and community. As the UK politician Boris Johnson has said, if Islamic women want to walk around looking like black post-boxes that’s their business, as long as it does not harm the rest of society.
An obvious public issue is the question of security screening. If a full view of a person’s face/head is required for security purposes at airports, banks etc, Islamic full-face coverings must also be removed. This includes the burqa (full body/face covering with mesh around the eyes) and niqab (face veil leaving the eyes clear).
An important One Nation objective is to reunite our fractured society. One of the principles of Western civilisation is the ability to speak to each other, face-to-face, building social trust and cooperation.
In Australia, this means speaking English and being able to look at each other’s face. This is a standard social practice in our country. We cannot build a stronger society, with people crossing racial and religious boundaries in getting to know each other, if we cannot talk to our fellow citizens face-to-face.
It also helps in the work of government if staff in hospitals, schools, motor registries, courts, police stations etc can see the faces of the people they are dealing with. Accordingly, One Nation policy is to require the removal of Islamic full-face coverings in all NSW Government buildings. This is not an unreasonable requirement, especially given the sexist nature of the garments involved.’ https://nsw.onenation.org.au/policies/no-islamic-full-face-coverings-in-nsw-government-buildings/