In the interests of community safety, Peter Dutton should cancel the visa of anti-choice extremist Troy Newman, said Terri Butler.
“Yesterday I wrote to Minister Dutton asking that he refer Mr Newman to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to determine whether his visa ought to be cancelled for failing the character test under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958,” said Terri Butler.
According to a report published by Bernard Keane yesterday, Troy Newman will hold a series of public events in Australia to campaign against women’s reproductive rights and proposed laws to create a buffer zone around medical clinics.
“Mr Newman argues that medical professionals who participate in terminations should be executed, and compares women who seek terminations to murderers,” said Ms Butler.
“In a media release published yesterday his hosts, Right to Life Australia, promise that Mr Newman will “stir up” debate throughout the country.
“I am very concerned that his presence in Australia will incite some to harass and intimidate women accessing reproductive services and those professionals offering them at medical clinics.
“There is a real risk that Mr Newman’s conduct may cause discord within the community and disrupt the ability of women to access lawful reproductive medicine.
“It is not hard to imagine that Mr Newman’s call for “abortionists” to be “executed” could lead to threats or the commission of acts of violence against women and medical professionals.
“It is up to the Immigration Minister and the Government to ensure our community is protected from extremists so we don’t have another incident as occurred in 2001,” she said.
On 16 July 2001 Peter Knight stormed a medical facility in Melbourne with a shotgun, murdering a security guard, Steven Rogers.
A copy of Terri's letter to Minister Dutton can be found here