Cory Bernardi is spouting his particular type of bollocks again, this time saying criminals have hijacked the burqa so we should stop all women from wearing it: Bernardi backing for burqa ban reflects right-wing influence:
THE shadow parliamentary secretary assisting Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, has called for Islamic women to be banned from wearing the burqa in a pointer to the growing assertiveness of the party’s conservative wing.
Writing on his blog yesterday, he argued his case on law and order grounds and the basis of respect for women. ”The burqa is no longer simply the symbol of female repression and Islamic culture, it is now emerging as a disguise of bandits and n’er do wells,” he wrote.
Yep, Cory Bernardi who founded an anti-Earth Hour group saying people who care about the environment are communists, and shows his ignorance and xenophobia by “othering” migrants, after pointing out that he is from a nice Italian family, and his wife is from a nice Irish family, but they – They – the asylum seekers, are not: “They seek to use our freedoms, our systems and our tolerance as a means of undermining our values and indulging in behaviour that is anathema to most Australians.” He then blames “race problems” on their children. And Islam. Which is what all this is about.
Anyway, back to Bernardi’s burqa bullshit:
He was responding to a police report describing a hold-up in Sydney by a suspect in a burqa and sunglasses and said the garb could be used as a disguise.
One incident and he wants the burqa banned. I didn’t hear him calling for a ban on spas after that little girl drowned in one in Forster. Or cars. Or cigarettes. Bernardi’s anti-Muslim sentiments are well known. This has nothing to do with women’s oppression – although I note he used the word repression – and everything to do with his campaign against Australian Muslims. It’s “new racism” – rather than being viewed as inferior, ethnic minorities are seen as threats to social cohesion and national unity. (Professor Kevin Dunn has all you need on this.)
Mr Abbott responded by saying: “Senator Bernardi’s call to ban the burqa reflects his personal views rather than Coalition policy. There is understandable concern in the community about what former prime minister John Howard called a ‘confronting’ form of attire.”
And right on cue, Abbott endorses Bernardi’s views (after all, he made him shadow parliamentary secretary for population policy), and gives Howard another public blow job.
Update: My heart rose when I saw this from Victorian Premier John Brumby:
“For those who suggest that this will somehow make Australia safer, I think that’s a nonsense,” he said today.
“Anyone can put a balaclava on their head if they want to cover their face and commit a crime.
“I don’t think it’s helpful, I think it’s actually quite divisive.”
And then sank again when I saw the results of the Herald Sun poll: