Hon. John Hatzistergos MLC
Minister for Citizenship
Minister for Regulatory Reform
Thursday, September 23, 2010
KENEALLY GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SUPPORT BURQA BAN
The Keneally Government is committed to religious freedom and will not support a proposed burqa ban, said Citizenship Minister John Hatzistergos.
“Respecting the beliefs and religious customs of other cultures goes to the heart of a free, democratic and inclusive society,” said Mr Hatzistergos.
“Indeed, difference of language, culture and faith should be celebrated in a harmonious community such as ours, not derided or criminalised.”
Mr Hatzistergos said the Keneally Government would vote against a private members bill (Summary Offences Amendment (Full-face Coverings Prohibition) Bill 2010) introduced by the Hon. Fred Nile MLC, which seeks to make it an offence to wear the burqa in a public place.