ASIO has found there is no valid security reason to ban the burqa.

In a confidential report, the agency says the only security consequences of banning the burqa would likely be "predominately, if not wholly, negative".

The report by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, obtained by Fairfax Media, concluded: "Any move in this direction would likely have negative implications, including increased tensions and distrust between communities, and providing further fuel for extremist propaganda, recruitment, and radicalisation efforts."

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