PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is calling for the Speaker to back down on plans to ban women who cover their faces from sitting in Parliament's main public galleries.
The Speaker and the Senate President will still make the final decision about security arrangements in Parliament House.
But the ABC understands Mr Abbott will tell Bronwyn Bishop that "common sense should prevail" when it comes to public access to Parliament House, including the galleries of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
It is believed Mr Abbott will argue that if people have been appropriately screened on the way into the building, including perhaps being asked to show their face, then they should be allowed to cover their faces and go about the public areas like anyone else.
He regards it is as a "people's house" and believes it should be treated as such.