American R&B star Chris Brown may be denied entry to Australia for a December concert tour because of his history of domestic violence, a government minister told reporters Thursday.
Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said during the launch of a 100-million-Australian-dollar (70-million-US-dollar) campaign against domestic violence that the government was reviewing whether it was appropriate to issue Brown a visa.
Brown was charged with assault in 2009 following an attack on his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. In a controversial plea deal, he was sentenced to community service. In 2010 he was denied a visa to Britian.
“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 that we expect in Australia’,” Cash said.
“This is a Government that’s not afraid to say ‘no’.”
Posters advertising Brown’s planned Australian December tour have been defaced with stickers saying “I beat women.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he agreed with Cash’s statement. The visa decision rests with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
Earlier this year boxer Floyd Mayweather was denied entry to Australia after his conviction for a series of convictions of assault on women and domestic violence.