A senior Australian government minister has said Kanye West could be denied a visa for his anti-Semitic comments if he tries to visit Australia.
Education Minister Jason Clare has responded to media reports that the US celebrity plans to visit the family of her new Australian partner Bianca Censori in Melbourne next week.
Mr Clare said he did not know if West would apply for a visa but Australia had previously refused visas to people with anti-Semitism views.
“I assume that if he does apply, he will have to go through the same process and answer the same questions as others who have made such views,” the minister told the Nine Network television channel.
Last month, West praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Twitter later suspended the rapper after he posted a picture with a swastika paired with the Star of David.
Australia’s Migration Act sets out security and eligibility requirements for non-citizens to enter the country.
Any decision on whether West will be granted an Australian visa will be made by Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, whose office said he could not comment on individual cases for personal reasons. private.
Peter Wertheim, co-executive director of the Australian Jewish Executive Council, met government officials on Tuesday to debate the entry ban.
“We had a sympathetic hearing,” Mr Wertheim told Sky News. “We have made the case that this particular individual did not meet the eligibility test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we have given a number of reasons. details.”
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Opposition leader Peter Dutton said if he were in government he would be inclined to ban West for personal reasons.
Mr Dutton told Melbourne’s Radio 3AW on Tuesday: “I’m inclined not to let him in.
Mr Dutton added: “His anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful, his behavior and conduct are appalling, and he is not a person of good character.
West and Ms Censori plan to visit her family living in the north-east Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe next week, Seven Network News reported.
Entertainment news website TMZ reported two weeks ago that the couple got married less than two months after the rapper finalized his divorce from Kim Kardashian.
The AP asked West’s representatives if he was married to Ms Censori and planned to visit Melbourne, but did not receive an immediate response.
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