Bar­nett will not be swayed into burka ban

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 -

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.

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