Australia Just Gave Chris Brown A Brutal Reality Check

September 28th 2015

Laura Donovan

Singer Chris Brown, who was convicted for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna several years ago, has been denied a visa in Australia because of his violent history. Canada and the UK have previously denied Brown entry based on his criminal record.

Brown was scheduled to perform in the country for his “One Hell of a Nite” tour, but Australia denied his visa application on character grounds, according to the New York Times' Women in the World blog

Chris Brown

"I can confirm that a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal has been issued,” immigration minister Peter Dutton told Fairfax Media. 

Michaelia Cash, Australia’s newly appointed women’s minister, insinuated in a statement last week that Brown was unwelcome in the country:

“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 [immigration] minister, I can assure you it is something that the minister [Peter Dutton] is looking at.”

Earlier this year, Cash played a part in denying boxer Floyd Mayweather entrance into Australia based on his domestic violence history as well. 

"Visa applicants must demonstrate they are of good character, as required under the character test in the Migration Act 1958, before they are granted a visa," Cash told the Herald Sun in February. “The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from the risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct and/or conduct that is of serious concern."

Cash and new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently announced a $100 million funding effort to prevent domestic violence in Australia.

"[Domestic abuse] is absolutely a national emergency," Cash said in a TV interview last week. "I am delighted that the very first decision of the Turnbull government and the Turnbull cabinet was to approve a women's safety package."