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Petition Launched to Ban Chris Brown from Entering Australia


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Last week, Chris Brown announced that he’s heading to Australia with August Alsina for an overseas tour that will run from December 8 through 18, which will make stops in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. However, a new petition has been launched to prevent the singer from doing so.

An advocacy organization GetUp! has published a petition calling on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to deny Brown a visa to enter Australia. The group claims that the singer should be banned due to his “violence against women,” namely his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Supporters of the petition are asked to sign a statement to Dutton which reads: “We urge you to refuse Chris Brown a visa to visit Australia. Due to his conviction of felony assault (a criminal charge), we believe he is in breach of the Australian visa character test, for having ‘a substantial criminal record’. Allowing his entry into Australia sends the message that the Turnbull government does not place significant weight and condemnation on men’s violence against women.”

The news comes as Brown’s concert posters in Melbourne have been defaced with stickers that read “I beat women.”

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