Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton has revealed that singer Chris Brown has been denied a visa on character grounds.
The denial stems from Chris Brown’s violence against then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, and he has 28 days to appeal the decision.
“People to whom these notices are issued have 28 days to present material as to why they should be given a visa to enter Australia,” the minister said.
“Decisions on whether a visa will or will not be issued are made after that timeframe and consideration of the material presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.”
The country’s women minister, Michaelia Cash, doesn’t want the singer in Australia, and would be doing her best to prevent him from coming.
“I can assure you that the minister for immigration and border protection will be looking at this very, very seriously,” she said.
“I am clearly not going to pre-empt a decision by the minister, however, I can assure you what my strong recommendation would be.”
Cash added: “People need to understand if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you, ‘You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia,’ and certainly, without pre-empting the decision of the minister, I can assure you it is something that the minister is looking at.”