However, in a statement made to media, Minster for Women Michaelia Cash said that while she was “clearly not going to pre-empt a decision by the minister” she “can assure you what my strong recommendation would be”.
Brown postponed that tour.
Brown is due to hold a series of concerts in December, but activists are campaigning against letting in the rapper, who has been barred from other countries including Britain and Canada.
Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Nite” tour is scheduled to start in Perth in December, and go on to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Brown was sentenced to five years of probation in 2009 for punching and strangling musician Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time.
The group thus urge Immigration Minister of Australia Peter Dutton to deny the US Singer a visa as they believe that Brown is in breach of the Australian visa character test for having “a substantial criminal record”.
“I can assure you that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection will be looking at this very, very seriously”.
“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 text of the petition reads”.
Both were speaking at the launch of a 100 million Australian dollar ($70 million) government initiative to prevent domestic violence.
Two months after getting temporarily stuck in the Philippines amid a contract dispute, the R&B artist now appears in danger of being refused entry by Australia over his domestic violence record. “If Chris Brown has been excluded from another country he will be ineligible to be granted a visa to enter New Zealand unless given a special direction”, Immigration New Zealand spokesman Marc Piercey said, according to the New Zealand Herald. The incident prompted British immigration authorities to decline his visa application the following year.
“I had previously not allowed a particular sportsperson to come into Australia because of his record in relation to domestic violence”, she said. Brown’s manager has been contacted for comment.