The federal government has not approved U.S. rapper Chris Brown's entry the country but people are still buying tickets to his Australian shows.
Brown was convicted in 2009 of assaulting and threatening to kill his then girlfriend fellow pop star Rihanna.
Amid the nation's current soul searching about violence against women and children, including a new $100 million package by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, advocacy group GetUp! published a petition calling on the government to deny Brown's visa.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton yesterday confirmed that a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal of his visa had been issued.
Brown has 28 days to present his case but in the meantime, tickets are selling for his One Hell of a Nite tour in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and WA.
In a statement posted on ticket seller Ticketek's website, Brown's management said the star has experienced "continued personal growth" since 2009.
"Contrary to media reports, Chris Brown's request to enter Australia on tour has not been denied," the statement said.
"This request is currently being considered by the office of the Immigration Minister.
"We respect their right to review this request and have faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, on-going philanthropic endeavours and desire to perform for his fans.
"Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December."
On social media, Brown's fans are celebrating their ticket purchases with caution.
@chrisbrown you better get your fight to come to Australia I JUST GOT MY TICKETS— Elveda (@zjmdevoted) September 28, 2015
Just bought my VIP tickets Wooo hopefully I'll be seeing you in December @chrisbrown!!!!— Sharni (@SharniLeeTB) September 28, 2015
Chris Brown better get his ass to Aust because I just go tickets HEHHEHEHEheHEHEEHh— Jessica Lai (@jessalexandria1) September 28, 2015