Burka ban bid slammed

Sid Maher; 8/5/10; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/burka-ban-bid-slammed/story-e6frg6n6-1225863826866

Kevin Rudd accused the opposition of cynical politics over Liberal senator Cory Bernardi’s call for a ban on wearing the burka in public. As the Islamic community and lawyers attacked the call, the Prime Minister accused Tony Abbott of “walking both sides of the street” on the issue after the Opposition Leader distanced himself from the policy. Asked by the ABC’s Jon Faine if the Coalition was playing the race card, Mr Rudd said: “I’ll let your listeners draw that conclusion.” Senator Bernardi this week warned the burka was emerging as a “disguise of bandits” and called for its ban after an armed robber used one as a disguise in a Sydney theft.