The Federal Government is actively considering denying Chris Brown an Australian visa due to his criminal record, but Australia has a history of allowing entry to entertainers with a history of violence.
In 2009, Brown plead guilty to assault of his then-girlfriend and fellow singer Rihanna. On Wednesday, a GetUp! petition began circulating which called for Brown to not be granted a visa. On Thursday, Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said the Immigration department would be reviewing his case.
The petition and Senator Cash's announcement were both well-received online, with praise for attention being shed on a person convicted of domestic violence.
But Brown has already toured Australia twice since his 2009 conviction, playing the 2012 Supafest festival and also performing Down Under in 2011. Below is an image from Brown's concert in Sydney on that tour.
Brown is also not the only person convicted of domestic violence to receive rave reviews and enjoy rabid fan attention while visiting Australia. Other big names have recently visited Australia, or will soon visit, with zero attention on their records of domestic violence.
Tommy Lee and Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Both Lee and Neil both have domestic violence records, but that did not jeopardise their recent "farewell" Australian tour. In 1998, Lee was sentenced to six months in jail for kicking former partner Pamela Anderson while she held one of their children.
Neil was charged with assaulting a prostitute at a Las Vegas brothel in 2003, as well as charged with battery of his former partner in 2011. Neil was not convicted on the latter charge, instead pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.
Former basketball star Rodman has had several domestic violence-related incidents over the years. In 2008, he pleaded no contest to spousal battery after striking his partner. He has also been arrested and charged relating to other domestic violence incidents. However, Rodman visited Australia earlier this year on his "Bad Boy" speaking tour. Fans were happy to see him.
The heavy metal superstar has a track record of outrage and controversy -- rampant drug abuse, biting heads off bats -- but his domestic violence history which is often overlooked. In 2004, wife Sharon claimed he had choked her in a 1989 incident.
"He (Ozzy) was drinking and he was taking drugs and it got to the point where he got violent with me, and he nearly choked me to death and I called the police on him," Osbourne said on her talk show.
Osbourne's band, Black Sabbath, toured Australia in 2013 and will tour Down Under again next year.
Boxer Mike Tyson was was convicted in 1992 of raping an 18-year-old woman in an Indianapolis hotel room and sentenced to 10 years in jail. He served three. Tyson's ex-wife, Robin Givens, also alleged domestic abuse when she filed for divorce from the boxer in 1988. In 2012, however, Tyson was granted an Australian visa for a speaking tour .
The granting of Tyson's visa was met with outrage by many including Victoria's then-premier Ted Baillieu, who called the decision "inappropriate" and called for the government to "reverse its decision." The Immigration Department did confirm that he was "formally warned that visa holders are expected to respect Australia law and not cause or threaten harm to individuals or the community."Suggest a correction