A far left Greens senator, Sarah, Hanson-Young, has accused Senator Pauline Hanson of putting Australia’s security at risk by wearing a burqa into the Senate chamber to promote a burqa ban, warning that the next terrorist attack will be ‘on her head’.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Sarah Hanson-Young described the One Nation leader as a ‘goose’ and an ‘absolute disgrace’ for wearing the Islamic garb into Parliament last week, arguing it contradicted the advice of security experts.
‘You are doing ISIS’s work for them,’ the left-wing senator from Adelaide told Sunrise on Monday morning. Senator Hanson stood by her push for the burqa ban, despite what Senator Hanson-Young labelled a ‘stupid stunt’.
News AU Senator Hanson has since hit back, accusing Senator Hanson-Young of inciting left-wing violence and gagging debate on security to be politically correct.
“To think that drawing attention to the problems associated with full-face coverings like the burqa, and starting a debate, might somehow justify a terrorist attack on Australian soil shows you just how out of touch the Greens are,” Senator Hanson said in a statement. “It was disgusting and Ms Hanson-Young should apologize,” she said.
Acts of terrorism and violence should never be blamed on the victims or “those trying to start difficult conversations,” Senator Hanson said, while condemning any acts of violence. “If we look at recent acts of political violence in Australia we see it coming from the left, like the attack committed on Andrew Bolt by left-wing extremists,” she said.
Senator Hanson defended her decision to wear a burqa on the floor of Parliament last Thursday on Sunrise, saying the garment was a security risk. But when Ms Hanson highlighted the security risk at parliament, where she claims no security guards checked her identity before she walked into the chamber, the pair clashed again.
“Everyone knew it was you, being a goose,” Senator Hanson-Young said, after being told she had “no damn idea” what happened.
“If we look at recent acts of political violence in Australia we see it coming from the left, like the attack committed on Andrew Bolt by left-wing extremists,” she said.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Senate colleague Malcolm Roberts, who like his boss also hails from Queensland, was outraged by Sarah Hanson-Young’s remarks on Sunrise.
‘Calm and factual views from Pauline versus hysterical and unhinged rant from Hanson-Young,’ he told his Facebook followers. ‘What terrible behaviour, to politize a tragedy before it even happens.’
Twitter users were also outraged. ‘Get rid of Sarah Hanson-Young. She is rude and doesn’t know what she is talking about,’ an animal rights activist said.
‘Most Aussies want the burqa banned, it’s a security risk.’ One woman suggested Sarah Hanson-Young predict where the next terrorist attack would occur ‘so we can save as many Australians as possible’.