Singer Chris Brown has had his visa application to perform in Australia formally denied on character grounds, because of his domestic violence history. Brown was due to tour Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in December on his “One Hell of a Nite” tour. “I can confirm that a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal has been issued,” immigration minister Peter Dutton told Fairfax Media. The performer has 28 days to appeal. Brown was convicted in 2009 of assaulting and threatening to kill then-girlfriend singer Rihanna, and sentenced to five years probation. On Thursday, Australia’s newly appointed women’s minister, Michaelia Cash, indicated Brown may not be allowed into the country. “People need to understand if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you, ‘You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia,’ and certainly, without pre-empting the decision of the [immigration] minister, I can assure you it is something that the minister [Peter Dutton] is looking at.” Senator Cash also announced $100 million funding to combat and prevent domestic violence. In her former role as assistant immigration minister, she had a role in denying boxer Floyd Mayweather entry to Australia because of his history of family violence. Brown has toured in Australia twice since his conviction, in 2011 and 2012.
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