Malcolm Turnbull Backs Brandis in Berating Hanson for Burqa Stunt
Published by The Guardian.Written by Katharine Murphy.
Malcolm Turnbull has backed his attorney general’s full-throated rebuke of Pauline Hanson, saying George Brandis spoke with “eloquence and wisdom”.
The prime minister told reporters on Friday he didn’t want to dignify “stunts in the Senate” with too much commentary but he indicated that Brandis had been correct to call out the One Nation leader.
Hanson entered the Senate in the burqa on Thursday to draw attention to a call she intended to make during question time to ban the garment.
In rebuking her, Brandis said security agencies relied on close cooperation with Muslim Australians to minimise the risks of attack, a message the prime minister echoed on Friday morning. Turnbull said cooperation with Muslim Australians was critical to combating the threat of terrorism.
“Our best allies, our indispensable allies in the battle against Islamist extremism, against Islamist terrorism, is the Muslim community,” he said. “Most of the victims of these terrorists are Muslims. So let’s be quite clear about that. They are our best allies in every respect”.