Just a few days after right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos had his visa application rejected by the Australian governmentImmigration Minister David Coleman will reportedly step in to reverse the decision.

According to The AustralianColeman was not convinced by a letter from the Department of Home Affairs which listed a number of reasons – including Yiannopoulos’ $50,000 debt to Victoria Police – to deny him a visa.

The reverse comes as prominent right-wing voices, including One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, denounced the government’s decision to ban the provocateur from entering the country for a series of shows.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Coleman will “personally approve” the visa.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared to distance himself from the issue.

“There’s a process that is followed in relation to character issues in regards to people who wish to come to Australia and the minister [Coleman] has been following that normal process. There has been decisions taken to date by the department and it is open to the minister to play a role in that process where he believes it is necessary to do so.” 

“[The minister] will make a decision on this issue shortly,” Morrison said.

Federal MP Tim Wilson told The Australian he had personally talked to Coleman about the initial visa ban.

“Milo is a boring, unimaginative, self-­absorbed attention-seeker of questionable character,” he said. “But free speech is for everyone, hence I was surprised by the news and have raised it with the minister.”

Source: The Australian
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