The Australian government is considering banning US whistleblower Chelsea Manning for a lecture tour.
Manning, a former US Army Intelligence analyst who served in the Iraq war, spent seven years in a military prison after convicting nearly 750,000 secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.
Barack Obama commuted her original 35-year prison sentence and she was released in May 201
The Australian organizer of their lecture tour, Think Inc, wrote to supporters urging them to lobbying David Coleman, the new Minister of Immigration
"We have just received word of intent from the Australian Government To consider a refusal under s501 of the Migration Law With the visa of Chelsea, "the company's director, Suzi Jamil, wrote to supporters.
"We seek assistance from relevant national bodies or individuals, particularly politicians who can support Chelsea's entry into Australia, and seek letters of support sent to the Minister of Immigration to review his decision."
Section 501 The Australian Immigration Act gives the Immigration Minister far-reaching and irrevocable powers to refuse or cancel visas, either at the national-level interest grounds, or because they decide applicants or owners have failed a "character test".
Former Minister of Immigration Peter Dutton, who is now Minister of the Interior, used the provision regularly to cancel the visas of bicycle gang members, people with criminal records, and others.
Rapper Snoop Dogg and Chris Brown, "The Pickup Artist" Jeff Allen and boxer Floyd Mayweather were denied all visas for character reasons. Holocaust denier David Irving has been denied a visa several times
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Interior overseeing immigration said she would not comment on individual cases, but on non-citizens entering Australia Requirements of the Migration Act  "A person can not pass the character test for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, where a non-citizen has a significant criminal record or where his or her behavior poses a threat to the Australian community."
Weekend after her first Australian address in New Zealand, but the local opposition also demanded that she be blacklisted.
Due to his criminal record, Manning needs a special visa instruction visa New Zealand, and is subject to additional character requirements in the country's immigration law.
New Zealands conflicting immigration spokesman, Michael Woodhouse, told Mannings spec The visa for the ia direction should be denied because of its criminal record.
"This is a convicted criminal who has been sentenced to 35 years in prison to raise money," Woodhouse Stuff said. "There is no rehabilitation, no repentance, the real purpose of her visit to talk about her crimes."
Immigration New Zealand said, "A suitably delegated INZ employee will look at the first instance representations," she confirms that she had received a request from Manning's representatives for a visa.
Manning tweeted last year that she had been banned from entering Canada for her criminal convictions, but then secured a Canadian visa in May this year.