Kanye West could be refused entry to Australia because of his history of anti-Semitic comments, according to a government minister.
It is understood the rapper – who now goes by the name Ye – was planning to visit the country to visit the family of his friend, Bianca Sensori, who grew up in Melbourne.
Education Minister Jason Clare condemned Ye’s “appalling” anti-Semitic comments about Hitler and the Holocaust and said others who have made similar statements have been refused visas.
“People like who have applied for visas Australia has been rejected in the past,” Clare said in an interview on Channel Nine. “I would expect that if he does apply he will have to go through the same process and answer the questions that they did.”
In recent months, you have a A string of antisemitic comments – including praising Hitler, tweeting pictures of swastikas and denying the Holocaust.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, the previous government’s immigration minister, said on Tuesday he was willing to ban Ye but it was the government’s decision.
“His anti-Semitic comments are outrageous, his demeanor, his behavior is appalling,” he told 3AW radio.
“He is not a person of good character and the minister has the ability to stop someone of bad character from coming to our country.”
Peter Wertheim, co-chief executive officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jews, met with authorities on Tuesday to argue in favor of banning the musician.
“We had a sympathetic hearing,” Wertheim said.
“We have made the case that this particular person does not meet the character test and it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we have set out our reasons in some detail in that letter.”