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Tony Abbott has joined One Nation's Pauline Hanson in criticising the burqa.

While labelling the Queensland senator's decision to wear the burqa into the Parliament last week a "stunt", he said he understood her point.

"I think she was trying to make the point that it is a confronting form of attire, and it is a confronting form of attire," Mr Abbott told The West Australian.

"Now, I am not saying it should be banned, but it is a confronting form of attire and I certainly would be disappointed if any Australian chose to wear it.

"It was obviously a stunt, (but) I understand the point she was trying to make."


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