US anti-abortion advocate loses High Court challenge against his cancelled visa

Troy Newman. Source: Facebook

US anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman is facing deportation from Australia after losing a High Court bid against the cancellation of his visa.

Newman, who’s suggested doctors who perform abortions should be executed, had planned to take part in a 10-day speaking tour of Australia, but on Tuesday immigration minister Peter Dutton cancelled his visa over concerns that he could pose a risk to the community. Newman was told of the news enroute across the US, but managed to land in Melbourne on Thursday, where Border Force officials placed him in immigration detention.

He appealed the cancellation in the High Court today, however the ABC reports that Justice Geoffrey Nettle ruled that the Department of Immigration’s decision was justified, criticising the activist for travelling to Australia without a valid visa as “consummate disregard” for Australian law.

“Acting as he did means he does not come to this court with clean hands,” Justice Nettle said.

Supporters of the anti-abortion campaigner have argued that the cancellation of Newman’s visa was a denial of free speech.

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