Australia has denied a visa to right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after he responded to the mosque massacre in New Zealand by branding Islam "barbaric" and "alien", officials said on Saturday (March 16).
Soon after terrorist Brendon Terrant had killed 49 people by entering a mosque in Christchurch, Yiannopoulos had said that attacks happened because 'the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist Leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures'. The Australian tours for the world's hate speakers must stop, ' he urged.
Coleman added that the attack, which left at least 49 Muslim worshippers dead and dozens injured, was "pure evil".
A letter sent to Yiannopoulos by Australia's Department of Home Affairs earlier this year noted the Migration Act gave it the power to refuse a visa application in the event the person would "incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community".
'Milo Yiannopoulos will not be allowed to enter Australia for his proposed tour this year, ' Mr Coleman said.
"Note that not a single word or phrase I used is quoted by the Australian government".
Yiannopoulos defended his comments after the ban was announced. "And I criticized the establishment for pandering to Islamic fundamentalism". He then shared to his followers on Instagram that he was "banned from Australia, again, after a statement in which I said I abhor political violence". The former Breitbart News editor, who famously backs the Trump administration, has been banned from platforms like Paypal, Twitter, and Patreon because of his vitriol.