Magazine of Socialist Action in Australia

Bush is welcome but Snoop Dogg is not!

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US hip hop artist Snoop Dogg has been denied entry to Australia this week. The cancellation of his visa means he will not be appearing at the MTV Australian Video Music Awards in Sydney this weekend. Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said Snoop Dogg was being issued with a notice of intention to cancel his visa after he failed to pass the requisite ‘character test’.

>Andrews said “He doesn’t seem the sort of bloke we want in this country. What that character test does is allow the minister to refuse the grant of a visa if the person doesn’t pass the character test. It can also include a person’s associations, their past and present criminal conduct, and their general conduct.

“This man has been a member of a Los Angeles gang – and is still associated with it apparently – that’s been involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the LA area.” Andrews said.

The hypocrisy coming from the federal government is absolutely unbelievable. Whether or not Snoop Doog has been involved in criminal activity or not is one thing but Andrews thinks it is perfectly acceptable to refuse entry to people like Snoop Dogg but to welcome criminals like George Bush with open arms!

George Bush, allegedly like Snoop, has also been implicated in murder, robbery and the drug trade. Bush like Snoop is a member of a ‘dangerous gang’ they are called the Republican Party! Bush has instigated wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which have led to the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. Bush has also been linked to a string of corporate corruption scandals in which money has been robbed from ordinary people.

It has also been reported that Bush was arrested in 1972 for cocaine possession. He also now admits that he was convicted of drunk driving in 1976 and in 1966 he was arrested for disorderly conduct. His ‘general conduct’ is also in question as he has been found out lying on many issues including over the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Not to mention the lies and corruption associated with Bushes election ‘victory’ in 2000!

Even given this track record Howard and Andrews plan to roll out the red carpet for Bush when he attends the APEC summit in September. The Socialist Party, alongside thousands of other Australian workers and young people will be protesting against the rotten policies and track record of Bush. We will be organising a fleet of Red Buses to APEC from Melbourne to Sydney for the event. We are taking expressions of interest for seats now. If you have had enough of the policies of Bush and the hypocrisy of the Howard government you should join us!

By SP reporters


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