Pauline Hanson wears burqa to Senate

Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson arrived in the Senate question time on Thursday wearing a burqa.

Ms Hanson is the founder of One Nation, a nationalist right-wing party, and has often made the headlines for her Islamaphobic, anti-immigration statements.

Senators gasped in shock as she walked into the chamber with her One Nation colleague Brian Burston shortly after question time began.

"What on earth," one senator exclaimed.

She later removed the burqa and asked whether the government would consider banning the garment.

Attorney-General George Brandis responded to her question with a scathing denouncement of her action.

"I'm not going to pretend to ignore the stunt you tried to pull today," he said.

"We all know you are not an adherent to the Islamic faith. I caution and counsel you, with respect, to be very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians."

"We have about half a million Australians in this country of Islamic faith. It is absolutely consistent [to be] a law-abiding Australian and a strict, adherent Muslim.

"To ridicule that community, to drive it into the corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done."

His speech received a standing ovation from Labor, the Greens, and independent senator Lucy Gichuhu.

Ms Hansons's stunt has attracted reaction from around the internet.

Many have spoken out in support of Mr Brandis' speech.

Although some have pointed out action is more helpful than talk.