Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chris Brown May Not Be Allowed into Australia, Official Says

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chris Brown May Not Be Allowed into Australia, Official Says

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Chris Brown has completed his five years of probation for his high-profile domestic violence conviction against his then- girlfriend, Rhianna, but that doesn't necessarily mean he is finished paying the price for the 2009 assault.

Just one week ago, Chris Brown announced his tour of Australia, which includes concerts in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. But the country's newly appointed minister for women, Michaelia Cash, intimated that Brown will be denied a visa.

"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 we expect in Australia,' and certainly, without pre-empting the decision of the minister, I can assure you it is something that the minister is looking at," Ms. Cash said during an anti-domestic violence policy reveal yesterday.

Though immigration minister Peter Dutton has not made an official decision, Cash is not the only Australian who doesn't welcome Brown.

GetUp, one of Australia's largest independent social justice organizations, created an online petition last Friday urging the Immigration Minister of Australia to deny Brown entry to the country, stating his visit would have "enormous symbolic significance."

The petition, which has already garnered 12,500 signatures, states, "By turning a blind eye to his tour, we send a message to survivors of family violence that it's not that important and that you should just get over it."

The petition continues by suggesting that by not taking a stand, "we are implicitly sending the message that if you brutally beat a woman, in a short amount of time you will be forgiven, or even celebrated."

Some citizens in Melbourne have also publicly declared their views on Brown, altering concert posters with the addition of a sticker declaring 'I beat women.'

And yet Brown has in fact already been to Australia following his conviction - twice - performing in 2011 as part of his F.A.M.E. tour and in 2012 for Supafest, the largest urban music festival in Australia.

It's unclear why Australia is now reconsidering its policy towards Brown, but Brown's violation of probation and jail time in 2014 might have provided further reason. …

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