Let Chelsea Manning visit Australia
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Despite the government's best efforts to silence Chelsea, her interview with Peter Greste at the Sydney Opera House went ahead via video link on Sunday night. Chelsea spoke genuinely and passionately, earning a standing ovation from the crowd of over 2,000 people.
It is clearer than ever that Chelsea should be allowed to enter Australia for the rest of her tour. She still has time to get here, so we need to ramp up the pressure on Ministers Dutton and Coleman to grant Chelsea's visa and #LetChelseaSpeak in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Chelsea Manning is scheduled to speak at the Sydney Opera House this weekend, then in Melbourne and Brisbane. But at the last minute, our new Immigration Minister David Coleman has put her visa in jeopardy and told her it may be refused on 'character requirements'.
The Australian Government allows controversial far-right figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Lauren Southern to tour around Australia. Yet they threaten to deny the visa of a courageous whistleblower who exposed war crimes at great personal cost. This is unacceptable coming from a government that claims to support freedom of expression.
Many Australians want to hear Chelsea's story and her point of view, as evidenced by a number of fully booked events. To deny her the opportunity to speak to our community is unfair, unwarranted, and a blatant overreach of ministerial powers.
Join us and call on Minister Coleman to approve Chelsea's visa and #LetChelseaSpeak
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