Irving refused entry to
Australia -- again
Philip Ruddock has refused
Holocaust denier David Irving entry to
Australia for a third time, citing
evidence of Irvings past and present
criminal conduct and past and present
Last week, a year after the discredited
historian applied for a tourist visa to
promote his book Churchill's
War, Australia House in London told
him he had been refused a visa.
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As in 1993 and 1996, Irving failed the
Migration Act character test which gives
the immigration minister a wide range of
reasons to reject a visa application.
These include a significant risk that
he would vilify or incite discord in the
Australian community or a segment of the
community, or be liable to become involved
in disruptive activities and violence.
department advice to Ruddock said
Irving's behaviour demonstrated "a
defiance and contempt for the laws of
some of the countries he visited",
conduct serious enough to see him
"It is difficult to determine that
Irving wouldn't behave similarly whilst in
Executive Council of Australian Jewry
president Jeremy Jones said the
minister's decision demonstrated there had
been no change in Irving's circumstances
since he was first refused a visa.
"lf anything, he has shown himself to
be the sort of character justifying past
refusals of a visa," Jones said.
"Australian Federal, State and
Territory anti-racism laws are consistent
with the law which brought about his
criminal conviction in Germany."
In 1992 a German court convicted and
fined Irving heavily for defaming the
memory of the dead, an offence punishable
under German law by two years in jail.
Canada deported Irving in 1992 for
lying to an immigration adjudicator. In
1993 Germany expelled him, saying his
presence there infringed "public security"
and "public order".
In 1994, a British High Court judge
sentenced Irving to three months
imprisonment for contempt of the High
Court, although he was later released from
prison under certain conditions.
In April 2000, Irving lost a libel suit
against Penguin Books and author Deborah
Lipstadt, whose book, Denying the
Holocaust, branded him a
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In his ruling, Judge Charles
Gray declared that Irving was "an
active Holocaust denier". He called Irving
"antisemitic and racist", saying he has
"portrayed Hitler in an unwarrantedly
This left him with a legal bill of more
than $6 million. He also owes the
Australian government $35,140 after
previous failed appeals.
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