Kanye West could be denied a visa to Australia for anti-Semitic remarks, the minister says

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Australia could deny Kanye West a visa to see his girlfriend over his “appalling” anti-Semitic comments, an Australian minister has said.

West, who goes by the stage name Ye, was reportedly planning to meet the family of his girlfriend Bianca Censori, who grew up in Melbourne.

The rapper, who has expressed a slew of anti-Semitic views, was banned from his Twitter account last year after saying he would use “death con 3” on Jewish people, in a misuse of the US military’s heightened warning status DEFCON 3 .

Jason Clare, Australia’s education minister, condemned West’s anti-Semitic remarks as “terrible” and said people who had made similar comments in the past had been denied visas.

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‘Such people have been rejected’

“Such people who have applied for visas to enter Australia in the past have been rejected,” Clare told Australia’s Channel Nine.

“I expect that if he signs up, he’ll have to go through the same process and answer the same questions she did.”

Australia has previously refused or revoked visas for far-right figures for failing the “good character” test.

David Icke, the British conspiracy theorist, had his visa revoked in 2019, just before he was due to start a tour.

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‘Do not grant a visa in the national interest’

Peter Wertheim, the head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, met with officials on Tuesday to advocate for an entry ban.

“We had a sympathetic hearing,” Mr Wertheim told Sky News. “We have argued that this particular individual does not meet the character test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we have detailed our reasons in that letter.”

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In December, West said there were “good things about Hitler” when he appeared on a show by alt-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

“I see good things about Hitler… This man [Adolf Hitler] who invented highways and invented the microphone I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything right. I’m done with that,” he said.

“Every man has something of value that he has brought to the table, especially Hitler.”

The Telegraph has approached a West spokesperson for comment.

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