With all the chest-beating and moral indignation over the last 24 hours regarding the detention of Dr Mohamed Haneef, the time has come to shine a light on other possible reasons for the revocation of the 27-year-old’s visa.
With all attention focused on Dr Haneef’s possible connection to terrorists, we’ve neglected to consider whether he may also harbour sympathies toward that other enemy of the Australian national interest – gangsta rap.
Association with gangsta rap is Kevin Andrews’ second-favourite reason for opening the big red inkpad. Now, Andrews hasn’t been overly forthright with the “extra information” that informed his decision to revoke Dr Haneef’s visa on “character grounds”. As such, one can only reasonably suspect that Dr Haneef has had or had an association with persons involved in criminal conduct, namely gangsta rap.
Flimsy logic? I believe not. Take the case of gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg, denied entry into the country in April. Kevin Andrews said at the time he was “not the sort of bloke we’d like in this country”, and that he was “told [by Federal Police] he was convicted on a number of charges”. Sound familiar?
Then there’s Akon and The Game, from whom Andrews has demanded “more information” before granting them visas prior to their proposed August concerts.
Let’s follow that logic again. Both Snoop and Dr Haneef are, in the mind of Kevin Andrews, not the sort of blokes we want in the country. Furthermore, in both instances, this conclusion was reached on advice from the AFP. Via Akon and The Game, we learn that Andrews has shown a predisposition to requiring such “extra information” from those with a gangsta rap pedigree. And it is this “extra information” that will likely see Dr Haneef take up residence amid the confines of Villawood.
Any Australian would therefore reach the reasonable conclusion the Dr Haneef – cryptically described by his own barrister as a “very nerdy doctor” – moonlights as a hardcore gangsta rapper, possibly under the moniker Dr Mo-H.
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It makes complete sense.