|Grassroots campaigning movement Collective Shout has called for David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, to revoke actor Charlie Sheen’s visa.
Sheen is set to kick off a speaking tour in Australia next month. Sheen’s sickening history of sexual assault, battery and threats against women spans over two decades.
Campaigns Manager Caitlin Roper said Charlie Sheen is a serial abuser of women.
“Given his long history of sexual assault, battery and threatening to kill women, how was he granted a visa?”
“We’ve got enough problems with violence against women in Australia, so why are we rolling out the red carpet for serial abusers of women?” Ms Roper said.
Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants refers to “people whose presence in Australia may, because of their activities, reputation, known record or the cause they represent and propagate, vilify or incite discord in the Australian community or a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.”
Collective Shout Director Coralie Alison said “We believe the application by Charlie Sheen meets the Department’s definition of ‘Controversial Visa Applicant’. Our views are based on his long and documented criminal history of violence against women. Allowing Mr Sheen into the country sends the message that domestic violence is not taken seriously.”
Collective Shout has posted an open letter on its website, and is encouraging its supporters to add their name.