The organisers of the so-called Deplorables Tour of Australia have announced yet another delay to the five shows featuring Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, grifter and thug Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, and has-been man-baby Milo Yiannopoulos. These are now scheduled to take place later this month, starting on March 23 in Perth and ending with a Gold Coast show on March 29.
Those organisers want the world to know that they are doing their best under difficult conditions, telling “As a direct result of the Department of Immigration's baseless decision to deny Gavin McInnes a visa and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the information leak to the ABC, we have engaged one of the best immigration lawyers in the country to appeal the decision and overturn the decision.” There was more.
“We are now confident that with the appropriate facts supplied, and in the absence of false and misleading information presented through the media, we will be successful in in our efforts to overturn the decision. Similarly, to avoid a similar scenario occurring with Milo and Tommy, we are working closely with our lawyers to ensure their visas are processed smoothly”. But here a problem enters, with both Milo and Tommy.
First, if Gavin McInnes cannot pass the “character test”, Stephen Lennon, with his criminal record, has no chance of doing so. And Second, that “similar scenario” has already occurred with Yiannopoulos - because the Australian authorities have just banned him.
As Business Insider has reported, “Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has officially been banned from Australia, following the sudden cancellation of his November tour in the country … According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian government rejected the former Breitbart editor's visa application and barred him from entering the country on the basis of his character”. Oh dear! And why might that have been?
“Last year, Yiannopoulos's Australian tour sparkied outrage and accompanying violence, particularly in Melbourne, where his show attracted an extra 300 police to deal with the protests. The state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located, fined Yiannopoulos more than $35,000 for the clashes that ensued”. Wonder if he paid up? An unpaid bill won’t help.
What also may not have helped his cause is the minor detail “Yiannopoulos was also slammed for encouraging vigilantes to start ‘gunning journalists down’ two days before a Maryland newspaper was targeted in a shooting that killed five people”. Combover Crybaby Donald Trump can get away with targeting journalists. Not Yiannopoulos.
Yiannopoulos has 30 days in which to submit an appeal against the ruling. But that would then have to be considered, which would take several more days, if not weeks. So those new dates for the Deplorables tour are not going to be kept. If Yiannopoulos isn’t going to be allowed in to Australia, McInnes is most unlike to see an appeal succeed. And given all of that, Lennon most likely won’t be getting allowed in either.
The far-right is discovering that actions have consequences. I’ll just leave that one there.
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