- Self proclaimed ‘world’s number one anti-vaxxer’ denied entry to Australia
- American Kent Heckenlively was planning on taking lecture tour across country
- Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced Thursday visa would be denied
The self-proclaimed ‘world’s number one anti-vaxxer’ has been denied entry to Australia.
The Turnbull Government has been under pressure to block Kent Heckenlively from visiting Australia for a planned lecture tour in December to spread his message against vaccinating children.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday described those entangled in the anti-vaxxer movement as dangerous people.
‘Kent’s not got any travel plans to Australia because we’re not going to allow him to come here – we’re not going to issue a visa for this particular individual,’ Mr Dutton told Sydney’s 2GB radio on Thursday.
The self-proclaimed ‘world’s number one anti-vaxxer’, Kent Heckenlively, has been denied entry to Australia
The Turnbull Government has been under pressure to block Heckenlively from visiting Australia for a planned lecture tour in December to spread his message against vaccinating children
Heckenlively’s tour, titled ‘Dangerous Sceience’, was to address the vaccination system in Australia and garner support for a five-year moratorium on vaccinating children.
‘We have been very clear in having a look right through this particular case, and it’s clear to me that it’s not in our national interest that he should come here,’ Dutton said.
The father-of-two is a science teacher, writer and attorney. He also works for a website that claims autism is ‘an environmentally induced illness, that it is treatable, and that children can recover’.
‘My intention in coming to Australia is to make both (his works) and the two best-selling books in Australian history, as well as to create a movement for a similar Australian five-year moratorium on childhood vaccines,’ Mr Heckenlively said earlier this month.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said he would leave the decision to Dutton, but strongly denounced Heckenlively’s message.
‘I flatly condemn the anti-vaccination message. It’s based on unscientific conspiracy theories,’ Mr Hunt told News Corp.