Chelsea Manning, the controversial whistleblower who leaked nearly 750,000 classified documents from the US UU A Wikileaks, you could cancel your Australian visa before an upcoming conference tour.
She plans to speak at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend and will launch a tour of Australia.
But the organizer of the event, Think Inc, says he received a letter from the Australian government that warns that his visa may be rejected under Section 501 of the Migration Law.
The section gives the Minister of Internal Affairs, Peter Dutton, and the new immigration minister, David Coleman, the power to cancel his visa for "reasons of character."
Following the letter, Think Inc has asked the government to allow Ms. Manning to come to Australia, presenting letters of support for the former US soldier.
"We have vigorously defended the permission for Ms. Manning to enter Australia, we are of the opinion that she does not pose a threat to the members of the Australian community," says the appeal.
"Think Inc. believes that Ms. Manning has the right to freedom of expression and political opinion, which are the foundations of a free and democratic society and of fundamental human rights."
The director of Think Inc. Suzi Jamil said that Ms. Manning offered "formidable ideas and insightful perspective".
"We hope that the Minister of the Interior and his Department do not stand in the way of the Australian people by listening to the story of Ms. Manning," he said.
"We intend to follow all legal avenues and hope that they will allow the Australian public to hear about vital issues related to data privacy, artificial intelligence and the rights of transgender people, as this is a stressful moment for Ms. Manning, I hope this problem can be solved in a positive way without unnecessary additional complications. "
The petition has been repeated by Peter Greste, the well-known Australian journalist who spent over a year imprisoned in Egypt for his reports, was scheduled to interview Ms. Manning over the weekend.
Greste told SBS News he was "incredibly disappointed" to know that the refusal of a visa was at stake, but he said he was still waiting for a last-minute approval.
"It can not be denied that Chelsea was responsible for a rather extraordinary leak of classified information and has been condemned for that," Greste said.
"But the first question should be if she represents a threat to Australia, and the answer to that will surely be no."
He said there was no risk that Ms. Manning would stay on her visa or leak Australian state secrets.
"Unless there is a clear and demonstrable risk to Australia, we should do everything we can to get her in and listen to what she has to say, I think less than that is undermining democracy," he said.
But Mr. Dutton's office and the department told SBS News they would not comment on individual cases.
"A person can suspend the character test for several reasons, including but not limited to a non-citizen having a substantial criminal record or where his conduct poses a risk to the Australian community," the department wrote in a statement.
"All non-citizens entering Australia must comply with the character requirements established in the Migration Act of 1958 (the Law)."
The prior conviction of Ms. Manning in the United States could threaten her visas for both Australia and New Zealand.
His 35-year sentence was commuted, not forgiven, by former President Barack Obama. Therefore, she still has a permanent conviction and will have to apply for a special waiver to obtain a visa to visit both countries.
Section 501 of the Migration Law grants the minister the power to reject visas for "reasons of character". Power was previously used to prohibit speakers defending theories against vaccination or violence against women.
Labor leader Penny Wong said that "it is up to the government to explain why they are doing this."
Sen. Wong told ABC Radio that the possible refusal "seems quite inconsistent," following this week's revelations about how Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dutton intervened to prevent an au pair from being deported.
Think Inc has asked its supporters to put pressure on the immigration minister.
"We are looking for support from national agencies or relevant people, especially politicians who can support Chelsea's entry into Australia," said Ms. Jamil.
"We are looking for letters of support to send to the Minister of Immigration to reconsider his decision."
It occurs when opposition politicians in New Zealand ask that Manning be banned from entering that country.
The center-right National Party on Tuesday asked the government to reject that request, saying that Ms. Manning was a "delinquent."
"Chelsea Manning used a position of responsibility and authority to steal hundreds of thousands of documents that may well have put American lives at risk," immigration spokesman and former minister Michael Woodhouse told Radio New Zealand.
"This is not a matter of freedom of expression (Ms. Manning) is free to say what she wants, but she does not have the freedom to travel anywhere, other countries have already denied her entry."
It was not appropriate for Ms. Manning to earn money talking about her crimes, Woodhouse said.
But the pressure group, Free Speech Coalition, quickly condemned the calls to Ms. Manning.
"There are other examples of previously convicted criminals who were allowed into New Zealand, Nelson Mandela was allowed in 1995," said spokesman Chris Trotter.
"The issue of the war behavior of our allies is a matter of great public importance."
The Green Party has also come in defense of Ms. Manning.
The New Zealand immigration department says it received a request, which will now be examined by senior officials in the first instance, with the right to appeal to the minister in charge.
The office of the associate minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, said he would not comment on individual cases.
– with AAP