BOTH the burqa and niqab are foreign in this country and I believe 90 per cent of Australians would agree.
It has nothing to do with loss of rights or ASIO sneaking in the back door. It is plain and simple foreign to our culture.
Sixty or so years ago, little old Italian women came with all-black attire, top to toe, including black scarf. Sure, some things were said but their face was visible so the attire was not seen as any problem or threat.
In 1949, when I arrived in God’s country, I saw how my mother was changing to fit into her adopted country, as one should. You make the choice to leave the old country and old ways for a new life in a new country.
Your religion is yours and in your heart, your food, song and dance is welcome.
When I travel, I don’t always agree with what I see but I do my best to fit in with other’s culture.
How many times have I heard look me in the eye and tell me the truth?
I believe all Australians have the right to have both eye and face contact with everybody and that is our culture, embrace it.
Be proud, be Australian.
DAVE WALKER, Mandurah