Barnett will not be swayed into burka ban
PREMIER Colin Barnett says he will not trade a burka ban for the sale of Western Power, which is opposed by his new preference partner One Nation.
“That discussion will never happen,” Mr Barnett said last week.
The preference deal put the Liberals ahead on Perth seats contested by One Nation, and One Nation ahead of the Liberals’ coalition partners The Nationals in Upper House seats in the regions.
One Nation polices include a Royal Commission into Islam and leaving the UN and International Monetary Fund, while leader Pauline Hanson has voiced opposition to Mr Barnett’s proposed 51 per cent sale of Western Power and Fremantle Port.
Asked if he could trade a burka ban for sale of Western Power, Mr Barnett said he had never seen anyone in one of the totally enclosing dresses worn by some traditional Muslim women.
He said while he wished some would dress in a style more appropriate for WA, he was not going to pass “religious laws”. Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion and Churchlands MLA Sean L’estrange did not reply to questions before deadline.