Australia is a free country?
Please circulate – especially in Australia.
PLEASE NOTE: To ask the government what is going on with the visa you can use this email address for Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection: email@example.com
Icke claims his initial application was rejected in September, and he was forced to submit a second with detailed personal information and character references
The initial Icke's visa application was rejected in September, and he had been forced to submit a second, including detailed personal information and character references.
His son, Gareth, also submitted an application in September, and it “came through in seconds”, he said.
“They know who I am, they know what I do, that’s why they’re playing silly buggers,” he said.
He said repeated requests to the department for an update on his application had yielded no result.
Among the questions on the second application form were: Have you been charged or indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture, slavery or any other crime that is otherwise of a serious international concern?
Icke said in the video he answered no, “because I don’t work for a government”.
A Change.org petition set up on Wednesday to pressure the Australian government has exceeded 1,000 signatures.
Icke visited Australia in 2009 and 2011, and is hoping to give lectures in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of his “Worldwide Wake Up” tour.
He said in the video he was asked to sign a form before his 2009 tour agreeing not to “create discord in Australia” or risk being “thrown out of the country and not allowed back in”.
The 63-year-old was a professional footballer and TV sport presenter in the UK, before an encounter with a psychic healer in 1990 dramatically altered his world view.
The American “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc was forced to leave Australia last November after the government cancelled his visa, citing character grounds. Earlier this month musician Chris Brown cancelled his Australian tour after the government asked him to show cause why he should not be denied a visa. The advocacy group GetUp! had petitioned for Brown to be refused entry over his conviction for domestic violence.
Dutch firebrand anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders accused the government of “an assault of freedom of speech” in October after delays in approving his visa, which was eventually granted.
Others who have recently encountered visa troubles entering Australia include the anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman and an activist against vaccines, Sherri Tenpenny.
Icke and the immigration department have been contacted for comment.