The Minister for Immigration this morning denied US RnB star Chris Brown a visa to enter Australia.
Brown can either challenge the notice or withdraw his application to visit Australia, currently scheduled for December.
Minister for Women Michaelia Cash hinted last week his visa would be looked at “very, very closely” (doing more for the female population in her first week than Tony Abbott did in his two years).
Brown – best known for brutally bashing his then-girlfriend superstar Rihanna in 2009 – had a tour Down Under planned for December.
But the Federal Government has just foiled his plans. And we couldn’t be happier.
Reports indicate that Australian officials issued the R&B singer with a notice of their intention to refuse his visa application on Friday night
Their decision was based on the relevant provisions in the Australian Migration Act which state that anyone with a “substantial criminal record” involving a prison sentence of 12 months or more – including a suspended sentence – can be refused a visa.
New Zealand officials previously denied the 26-year-old a visa on character grounds after he was convicted of the assault that left Rihanna with injuries that required hospital treatment.
In following suit, Australia sends a strong message that we will not tolerate family violence — after a shocking week that has seen three fatal incidents in three days in NSW alone.
It’s a message everyone needs to hear. And, happily, the sentiment was already being shared by locals prior to the government’s intervention.
Brown’s tour posters were defaced in Melbourne this week with stickers bearing the words “I beat women” — a badge of dishonour with ramifications clearly difficult to undo once earned.