Conspiracy Theorist David Icke Clashes With Studio 10 Over Holocaust
Conspiracy theorist David Icke claims he is the target of a smear campaign that saw his Australian visa revoked at the eleventh hour.
Icke was due to land in Melbourne on Thursday for a two-week speaking tour, but his visa was revoked by Immigration Minister David Coleman after a campaign by the Anti-Discrimination Commission and internal Liberal party lobbying.
Appearing on Studio 10 on Thursday morning via video link from LA, Icke claimed the Australian government was engaging in Nazi-level forms of censorship.
"Once you start having a government dictate [what information is allowed], you're in a tyranny, you're controlling the narrative," he told the panel.
"In a free society, people have access to all information, then they are free to make their own decisions. We're going down a very dark, dangerous, Orwellian road."
Icke's views include the theory that an extra-terrestrial race of alien people has infiltrated the earth to control humanity, but it's his theories around Jewish people that prompted a campaign against him.
His views -- laid out in his 1995 self-published book, And The Truth Shall Set You Free -- have been widely criticised as antisemitic, particularly for his insistence that 'alternative histories' around the Holocaust be taught in schools, rather than what he claims is a push to "indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events."
He was repeatedly pushed on Studio 10 to answer definitely whether or not the Holocaust occurred, appearing reluctant to give a straight answer.
"Of course a fantastic catastrophe happened," he said on Thursday.
"You're not actually answering the question," Kerri-Anne Kennerley said.
"You keep saying 'catastrophe'. Did the Holocaust happen? Just clear that up."
"Am I denying the Holocaust happened? No, I'm not," he said in response.
"Clearly there was an unspeakable happening there."
Icke clashed with KAK later in the panel when she grilled him on his views that reptilian people were in positions of power around the globe, which -- although he was reluctant to name names for the panel -- he has previously said includes dozens of U.S. presidents and members of the British royal family.
"Do they take their face off when they go to bed, or what?" KAK asked.
Icke appeared to be momentarily stunned. "Sorry. I thought I was going to have an intelligent conversation here. We're clearly not."
The pair clashed again towards the end of the interview.
"If people are crazy enough to pay money to hear you speak, they should be allowed to do that. That is called free speech," KAK said.
"People are crazy enough to listen to this program every morning, how crazy can you get?" he replied.
Although the Home Affairs department does not comment on individual cases, Icke revealed that Coleman's letter to him cited his views on vaccinations and global warming, neither of which he believes in.
Members of the Jewish community in Australia welcomed Coleman's decision on Wednesday, including Liberal candidate for Macnamara Kate Ashmor, who had been lobbying Coleman to refuse Icke's visa.
"Today's welcome news reaffirms the Morrison government's steadfast support for the Jewish community and Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in Macnamara, including my grandparents," Ashmor said.
Ticket holders to Icke's shows -- which cost up to around $70 per ticket -- will be contacted on Thursday, Icke said.
His promoter has been contacted for further clarification.
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