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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 6317


Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) (12:05): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RUSTON: All Australians are free to choose their religion and are entitled to express and practice their religion and their beliefs without intimidation and without interference as long as those practices are within the framework of Australian law. This includes the freedom of people to express their religion through choice of clothing. The government will not be banning the burqa or any other form of religious dress in Australia, as it would be inconsistent with our principles and traditions of religious freedom and tolerance.