Ho­gan ex­plains face cover vote

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

FED­ERAL Mem­ber for Page Kevin Ho­gan took to so­cial me­dia to ex­plain why he voted in favour of ban­ning full fa­cial cov­er­ings at the Na­tion­als con­fer­ence in Can­berra last Sun­day.

“It was to ban full fa­cial cov­er­ings in cer­tain pub­lic places. Many coun­tries have al­ready done this, in­clud­ing Ger­many, France and Bel­gium, to name a few,” Mr Ho­gan wrote on Face­book.

He wrote the ban would have in­cluded full face hel­mets, ban­danas and burkas in cer­tain pub­lic spa­ces.

“Given the im­por­tance of fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, this is a pub­lic safety is­sue. For banks, ser­vice sta­tions and other such places, it is an im­por­tant safety is­sue,” he wrote.

He wrote the ban would ex­clude wear­ing fa­cial cov­er­ings for wor­ship or safety rea­sons.

The mo­tion was put for­ward by Queens­land MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen but nar­rowly voted down 55–51.

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