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Subject: David Irving: Aussies AGAIN deny visa


Applications from Mr David Irving and Mr Gerry Adams for visas to 
visit Australia have been refused by the Minister for Immigration 
and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock.

[Transcription note: Gerry Adams decision removed as not relevant
to David Irving. knm]

In announcing these decisions, I would make the point that each 
application has been assessed individually on its own merits, I 
would note that all applicants for visas to Australia must be 
assessed for good character.

David Irving

I refused Mr Irving's application on the grounds that he fails to meet 
the good character requirement in S.501 of the Migration Act.

The particular aspects of Mr Irving's conduct - which I note are a matter
of public record - of concern to me include:

*In May 1992, Mr Irving was convicted in Germany under the German law of
"defaming the memory of the dead";

*In november 1992, Mr Irving was found to have lied on oath before a
Canadian Immigration Adjudicator.  Mr Irving was detained and deported from

*In November 1993, Mr Irving was expelled from Germany;

*In February 1994, Mr Irving was found to be in contempt of the UK High
Court for failing to comply with an order served on him. He was committed
to prison for three months. In seeking to purge that contempt, the judge
rejected Mr Irving's sworn evidence.

Taken together, they reveal a consistent pattern of behaviour that led me
to conclude that Mr Irving is not a person of good character.

I should also emphasise that my decision to refuse Mr Irving a visa has
nothing to do with notions of "free speech".  Mr Irving's views and
writings are well known and remain readily available in Australia.

The Coalition is committed to the principle of freedom of speech.  It is an
integral part of our democratic and tolerant society.  However, this cannot
be used as a pretext to avoid the requirements of Australian migration law.

Let me make it very clear.  Applicants with comparable criminal records are
routinely refused by my Department, consistently with the law.

[Gerry Adams decision deleted. knm]

8 November

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