CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday that rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, would be denied a visa if he tries to move to Australia because of anti-social comments. can be denied.
Education Minister Jason Clare was reacting to media reports that the American celebrity wanted to visit the family of new Australian partner Bianca Sensi in Melbourne next week.
Claire said she did not know whether Ye had applied for a visa, but Australia had previously refused them to people with opposing views.
“I would expect that if he does apply, he will have to go through the same process and answer the same set of questions,” Clare told Nine Network television.
Last month, Yeh praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter later suspended Ye after he tweeted an image of a swastika with a Star of David.
The Migration Act of Australia sets out the security and character requirements for non-citizens to enter the country. Any decision on whether Ye gets an Australian visa will be made by Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, whose office said he could not comment on individual cases for confidentiality reasons.
Peter Wertheim, co-chief executive of the Executive Council of Australian Juries, met with government officials on Tuesday to argue for the entry ban.
“We had a sympathetic hearing,” Wertheim said on Sky News. “We made the case that this particular individual does not meet the character test and it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we set out our reasons in some detail.”
Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton said that if he had been in government, he could have stopped Ye on character grounds.
“My inclination would be not to allow him in,” Dutton told Melbourne’s Radio 3AW on Tuesday.
Dutton said, “His anti-Semitic comments are outrageous, his conduct and his behavior are appalling, and he is not a man of good character.”
Seven Network News reported Yeh and Sensori intended to visit their family in the northeast Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe next week.
Entertainment news website TMZ reported two weeks ago that Yeh and Sensei recently married less than two months after finalizing his divorce from Kim Kardashian.
The AP asked Yeh’s representative if she had married Senseori and planned to move to Melbourne, but did not receive an immediate response.