A spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs says that statements like those led to her application to speak being denied.
“For visitors who may hold controversial views, any risk they may pose will be balanced against Australia’s well-established freedom of speech and freedom of beliefs, amongst other relevant considerations," the spokesperson said.
The mayor of Auckland even weighed in on the decision to deny Southern the right to enter the country and speak, stating that he supports freedom of speech but that “venues shouldn't be used to stir up ethnic or religious tensions.”
.@AklCouncil venues shouldn't be used to stir up ethnic or religious tensions. Views that divide rather than unite are repugnant and I have made my views on this very clear. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux will not be speaking at any Council venues.
"We have committed to donating excess doses," Anand responded, before adding that Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Patty Hajdu had spoken on the issue previously.
She said Canada's leading officials are "on the same page in terms of the need to donate excess doses that Canadians aren't using," adding that the feds are "thinking of all of the options relating to any excess doses."