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Chris Brown's Australian Tour Could Be Halted Over Violent History

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Chris Brown performs at the Power 106 'Cali Christmas' concert at the Gibson Ampitheater on December 3, 2010 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 03: Chris Brown performs at the Power 106 'Cali Christmas' concert at the Gibson Ampitheater on December 3, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Singer Chris Brown could be banned from entering Australia for his coming tour, with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton looking "very, very seriously" at the matter, according to Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.

Brown, 26, is expected to come to Australia in December, but has been banned from going to New Zealand.

Tickets for the national tour, backed by Channel V and the Nova radio network, are already on sale.

He pleaded guilty to assault after he beat his girlfriend, fellow musician Rihanna, inside a car on a Los Angeles road in 2009.

Senator Cash told journalists Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will be looking at Brown’s case closely.

“I can assure you that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection will be looking at this very, very seriously,” Senator Cash said on Thursday.

“I am clearly not going to preempt a decision by the Minister, however, I can assure you what my strong recommendation would be.

“People need to understand if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you ‘You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia.’

When asked for his view, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Senator Cash had “very brilliantly expressed the thoughts of the government.”

The government on Thursday announced a $100 million package for combating domestic violence.

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