Kanye West’s entry into Australia in contention as Albanian minister raises doubts

A spokeswoman for the federal government said on Tuesday that Immigration Secretary Andrew Giles could not comment on individual cases.

Ye has toured Australia several times over the past two decades, including supporting U2 on a stadium tour in 2006 and selling out concerts across the country.

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Former Immigration Deputy Assistant Secretary Abul Rizvi told this imprint on Tuesday that it was likely Ye would apply for a family or visitor visa should he come to Australia, and his vile views could not be grounds for a refusal to do so unless the minister decided there was potential for incitement to violence if Ye was admitted.

Peter Wertheim, co-executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, has written to the Immigration Secretary demanding that Ye be refused entry to Australia.

“Unfortunately, because of his status as a famous musician, West has the ability to be a tremendous influence on younger people,” his letter reads.

Dvir Abramovich of the Anti-Defamation Commission, another representative of the Jewish community, said Ye could not be allowed in because he was a Holocaust denier with ties to white supremacists and had made death threats against the Jewish community.

In December, Twitter boss Elon Musk said Ye had been banned from the platform for violating “our rule against incitement to violence.”

In November, the rapper dined with former US President Donald Trump and outspoken anti-Semite, white supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.

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