The Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton has cancelled the visa of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott ahead of Mr Abbott’s proposed trip to the United States. Mr Abbott is due to address the ultra-conservative Alliance Defending Freedom in keeping with his promise to withdraw from the public spotlight having lost his party’s leadership in September
The move to cancel Mr Abbott’s visa follows the minister’s earlier decisions to cancel the visas of anti-abortion activist Troy Newman and controversial “pick-up artist” Jeff Allen. Mr Dutton explained his decision at a press conference earlier today. “We reserve the right to cancel the visa of anyone coming in or out of Australia who is seeking to promote a dangerous and hateful agenda. And using that criteria, it is therefore appropriate that Tony’s passport is for the time being cancelled.”
It is understood that the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has requested legal advice as to whether or not Mr Abbott’s citizenship could be revoked under the Foreign Fighter’s legislation on grounds that his predecessor would be travelling overseas to support an extremist religious organisation.