|Tuesday, 02 October 2012 16:09|
A few weeks ago, Dutch MP Geert Wilders¬†applied for a visa to visit Australia to speak at a series of meetings organised by Q Society.
Although his staff had been granted visas, no visa had been granted (or refused) for Geert. With the tour scheduled for mid-October, time was running out. A letter campaign and an Open Letter from Q Society were organised. ¬†
Until yesterday,¬†a 'visa' for Geert Wilders had not been issued. Last night,¬†Q Society, which is hosting the tour,¬†announced it would put out a Media Release¬†tomorrow - stating that the tour has now been postponed until¬†the third week of February 2013, due to the problems of obtaining a visa for Geert Wilders. ¬†
Paul Sheehan had an insightful article in the SMH about this lack of 'liberalism' re the visa.
TODAY, the government has announced that they will not 'block' a visa for Geert Wilders!
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has now said he will not block a visa - but has written an Opinion piece in The Australian saying he disagrees with Geert Wilders¬†views which are "offensive".¬†¬†