The Conservative Party has called on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to investigate why Canadian commentator Lauren Southern has been denied a visa for a speaking tour of Australia despite applying months ago.
Conservative Party spokesman Lyle Shelton is listed as a speaker with 23 year old Ms Southern at a Young Conservatives North Queensland forum in Cairns next Monday night.
The forum is on the topic of “freedom of speech” and also features sacked James Cook University professor Peter Ridd.
“It is unclear why Ms Southern would be denied entry into Australia,” Mr Shelton said.
“Given she applied for the visa months ago, it is worrying that she has learned of the visa denial just days before her visit," he said.
He continued, “I hope the minister can clarify why roadblocks have been put in her way and if necessary have them removed so she can speak at Monday’s forum in Cairns.”
Mr Shelton noted that speakers at a Hizb ut-Tahrir conference in Sydney in 2015 did not appear to have trouble getting visas to Australia, despite the organisation's support for an Islamic caliphate.
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