Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has spoken out against Kanye West in the wake of rumors and reports that the disgraced rapper intended to travel to Australia.
Dutton made the comments yesterday (January 24), during an interview on talkback radio station 3AW – per ABC News. There he said that if he were in charge of the matter, his “inclination would be not to allow [West] in”.
“His anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful, his behavior and his demeanor are appalling and he is not a person of good character,” Dutton said. He went on to note that Andrew Giles – the current Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs – “has the ability to prevent anyone from entering our country with bad character”.
“The minister has a lot to weigh but I have to say… my instinct would be if I was that decision maker? I think there are better people we could welcome in,” Dutton concluded.
Dutton is the second Australian politician in as many days to speak out against West, who was reportedly planning a visit to Australia to meet the family of his new Australian partner Bianca Censori. Ben Carroll, Victoria’s industry minister, said yesterday that Mr West’s “extremist” views did not “represent Melbourne or Victoria”.
“We know he has a long history of bigotry and provocation and I know the Commonwealth will deal accordingly,” he said.
Carroll and Dutton’s comments follow calls from the Jewish Australian community organization Anti-Defamation Commission to deny the West access to the country. On Monday, chairman Dvir Abramovich said “Australia should not roll out the welcome mat and give a platform to a hatemonger who spews threats against the Jewish community”.
“Kanye is a blatant, unabashed anti-Semite, Nazi lover and Hitler worshiper who openly admires an evil tyrant responsible for the extermination of six million Jews, including 1.5 million children,” he continued. “This kind of rhetoric is dangerous and has real world consequences given the 30+ million followers that this person has who may be starting to believe his demonization of the Jewish community and that they must take action. “