Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes Denied Visa To Australia: Reports
The founder of the violent far-right group the Proud Boys has reportedly had his visa application blocked by the Home Affairs department.
Gavin McInnes was due to travel Australia on a speaking tour early next year alongside UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson.
But following calls for the government to ban him from doing so, the ABC reports he has been denied a visa after failing the character test to enter the country.
Proud Boys is an alt-right "western chauvinist" group that admits only men, and appears to glorify violence.
"We will kill you. That's the Proud Boys in a nutshell," McInnes once said on his internet talk show.
"We look nice, we seem soft... but we will assassinate you."
The organisation has been classed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, and has been involved in heated street brawls during political rallies in the United States.
Yesterday, a petition with 81,000 signatures was delivered to Federal Parliament calling on the government to deny McInnes entry to the country.
Labor's immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann wrote to immigration minister David Coleman, asking for the alt-right speaker to be barred.
"Gavin McInnes has repeatedly and publicly advocated for violence against women and has pledged to “assassinate” his enemies. Both this individual, and the group he represents, were suspended from Twitter in August for violating the social media platform’s policy prohibiting violent extremist groups," Neumann wrote in the letter.