If you didn’t like Tony Abbott already, you certainly shouldn’t like him now.
The Prime Minister of Australia has often made quite sexist, racist, pro-life, cisnormative and homophobic remarks, but only today, he has voiced his opinion on the burqa (I apologise if that was spelled incorrectly), calling it ‘confronting’ and wishing it ‘was not worn’ in Australia.
"I have said before that I find it a fairly confronting form of attire," he said.
"Frankly, I wish it was not worn. But we are a free country, we are a free society and it is not the business of Government to tell people what they should and shouldn’t wear."
Maha Abdo, of the Muslim Women’s Association, has spoken out about the comment, saying it is offensive and ignorant.
"He says that he is clearly offended by the niqab, or by the burqa that he calls it, and yet he comes up and says you know, we live in a free society and everyone can choose what to wear and what not to wear, his comment was clearly adding more fuel to the fire that is existing," she said.
While he has shown support for the ban of the burqa in Parliament House, several of his own party have disagreed with his opinion.