Just a week after David Coleman, Australia Immigration Minister, personally approved Milo Yiannopoulos’s visa, the government of Australia has revoked it.
The cancellation is a sequel to Yiannopoulos’s comments about Islam following the massacre of the Christchurch in New Zealand. The far-right’s commentator comments are considered annoying and could lead to more hatred and division; hence will not be allowed into Australia, the Immigration Minister said.
Coleman moved on to condemn the attack on Muslims who were peacefully practicing their religion, calling it an act of pure evil. He then reiterated that Australia stands with New Zealand and Muslim communities across the globe in this difficult time.
Department of Home Affairs had earlier warned Coleman not to approve Yiannopoulos’ visa stating that he is not likely to pass character test, but the Immigration minister went on to approve the visa anyway.
On Saturday, following his comments on the massacre, Tony Burke – Labor spokesman for citizenship and multiculturalism – called on the minister to revoke the visa as a fair measure for all forms of extremism.
Burke said no one who speaks in favor of values that promote some forms of terrorism would be allowed into Australia.
Burke emphasized that knocking people back on character ground is a usual thing in Australia. Both David Icke and Chelsea Manning’s visas were recently rejected on the ground of character.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called comments blaming the massacre in New Zealand on immigration disgusting. He said the comment made by Queensland senator Fraser Anning does not represent Australia’s view in any way.
The visa given to Yiannopoulos was for a tour in Australia but will no longer hold following the cancellation of the visa.
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