Home Affairs should issue Southern visa: Bernardi

July 10, 2018

Canadian YouTube star Lauren Southern has been denied her application for an Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says the 23 year old journalist, political activist and documentary filmmaker known for her commentary on feminism, free speech and immigration should be allowed into Australia to speak.

The Home Affairs website states an ETA is 'not a working visa,' but allows for short-term business or travel stays for events like conferences.

Ms Southern’s planned speaking tour was promoted with a video, where she warns the Australian way of life is under threat, “Do you want to retain your culture, do you want to retain your borders, family, identity, or will the boats keep coming?” she stated.

“Will the no-go zones keep growing, and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?”

Ms Southern was banned from entering the UK after distributing inflammatory flyers about Islam and sexuality outside a restaurant in the English town of Luton, saying the stunt sought to draw a reaction to demonstrate Islamic 'homophobia'.

Last year she was detained by the Italian coast guard for what she says were "activities investigating" search-and-rescue boats seeking to assist migrants crossing from Africa into Europe over the Mediterranean Sea.

Ms Southern’s speaking tour plans to include a screening of her documentary ‘Farmlands’ which looks into South African farmer killings.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has previously called for humanitarian visas to save South African farmers from violent attacks and what he described as ‘horrific circumstances.’

Senator Bernardi has told Andrew Bolt on Sky News, he’s not sure if Ms Southern’s case has been escalated to the Minister yet.

Update: After the Conservative Party and other supporters of free speech voiced concern about Lauren Southern's visa problem, it has just been announced that the 23 year old Canadian has been granted a business visa to visit Australia.

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