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Right-wing commentator's Australian visa cancelled

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British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins will be deported from Australia after her visa was cancelled.

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Hopkins was brought to Australia by Network Seven to join its reality television program Big Brother.

But she was dropped from the show after deliberately disobeying COVID-19 safety protocols in hotel quarantine.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews described the behaviour as shameful and has since cancelled her visa.

“We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can arrange that,” Andrews said on Monday.

“I am hoping that will happen imminently.”

Andrews said the commentator’s antics – flouting quarantine rules and potentially putting staff and police at risk – were a slap in the face to people going through lockdowns and Australians stranded overseas.

The minister appeared to blame the NSW government for Hopkins coming to Australia, with her visa granted on the basis of economic benefit.

But the federal government is ultimately responsible for issuing visas.

Questions have been raised over how Hopkins was allowed into the country.

She has described migrants as cockroaches, labelled Islam repugnant and called for a “final solution” in response to a terror attack.

During a round of television interviews, the home affairs minister was repeatedly pressed on how Hopkins was deemed a person of good character.

“Well, she’s clearly not someone that we want to keep in this country for a second longer than we have to,” Andrews said.

– AAP

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