The Western Australian government has banned controversial far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos from appearing at government-owned venues, and has urged him not to visit the state.
The self-described “outrage troll” and “anti-feminist” is embarking on an Australian tour later this year. According to his website, one of his Sydney shows is already sold out.
In an exclusive interview with 9NEWS, WA Premier Mark McGowan said Yiannopoulos was not welcome in Western Australia.
“We’ll make sure all government venues are not available to him,” Mr McGowan said. …
Men’s magazine Penthouse is promoting Yiannopoulos’ tour and spokesman Damien Costas said he “wasn’t interested in his views” but was “defending his right to say it”.
He also said venues would be kept secret until seven days before events to avoid vandalism from protestors.
“In some cases we’ve seen Molotov cocktails go through the windows, we don’t want to see that happen,” he said.
A petition to block Yiannopoulos from entering Australia has failed.
How PC of them. The proper antidote to speech you don’t like is better speech, not bans.
Andrew Bolt will attend Milo’s WA appearance, and the Adelaide one too: “I do so not to endorse Milo but to defend free speech.”