A 23-Year-Old Canadian Woman Has Been Denied Entry Into Australia Because Of Her "Controversial Views"
She has a history of speaking out against immigration and other topics.
Lauren Southern, a 23-year-old Canadian woman has been denied entry into Australia because of her views around opinion on topics such as immigration.
Southern was scheduled to speak at events in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland.
And this isn’t even the first time she’s been banned from a country.
The reason she was banned from speaking in Australia is that in a video posted online she stated that in her mind, the Australian way of life is under threat from immigrants.
“Do you want to retain your culture, do you want to retain your borders, family, identity, or will the boats keep coming,” she said in the video.
“Will the no-go zones keep growing, and will you become another victim of multiculturalism,” she stated.
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.— Phil Goff (@phil_goff) July 6, 2018
Southern was also banned from the UK this year for racism after distributing flyers mocking Islam.