Australia's peak Islamic organisation has reacted with disappointment over Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's comments yesterday that the burka is "un-Australian" and should be banned.

South Australian Senator Bernardi lashed out in an article which was published on The Drum website, saying the burka "needs to be binned".

He called it a "repressive domination of men over women" and said it establishes "different sets and expectations in society".

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd responded today, accusing the Opposition of playing a cynical political exercise by floating the idea of banning the burka.

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