Ban the burqa: Muslim leader

A leading Muslim in Australia has risked a backlash from his community by calling on the winner of the Federal election to ban the wearing of burqas in public: Ameer Ali, an economics lecturer at Murdoch University and vice-president of the Regional Islamic Council of South-East Asia and the Pacific, describes the burqa and similar robe the niqab as “the lingering relics of a patriarchal, misogynistic and tribal culture” and argues there is no religious obligation in the Koran for it to be worn.