American singer and rapper Chris Brown has been denied entry to Australia following his conviction for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009.
He was informed on Friday that his visa application had been denied and he now has 28 days to plead his case to enter the country for his Australian concerts that kick off in December.
Immigration Minister Chris Dutton said on Sunday that Chris had been given the Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal, which allows him 28 days to present material as to why he should be given a visa.
‘Decisions on whether a visa will or will not be issued are made after that timeframe and consideration of the material presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection,’ Mr Dutton said.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull found himself being questioned about Chris’s upcoming tour appearances. His feelings were quite clear about the singer when he said: ‘This is a government that is not afraid to say no’.