Earlier this year we reported that controversial far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders would be travelling to Australia this month to launch the Australian Liberty Alliance, the new political party associated with the Q Society, but it looks like his plans may be foiled by immigration. The Australian Liberty Alliance said in a press release this morning that Wilders’ visa was yet to be approved, and with the launch approaching on October 20, alarm bells are ringing.

“Despite assurances, in August, that this would be forthcoming it has not been granted. This is unacceptable,”  Liberty Alliance national president Debbie Robinson said.

“Geert Wilders is a democratically elected Dutch MP who requires permanent bodyguards because of his stand against Islamic extremism. All his movements require planning. Recent opinion polls indicate he has an excellent chance of overtaking the ruling Dutch coalition with his Party for Freedom (PVV). If the Australian leader of the opposition was treated in this manner by the Netherlands, we would be outraged.”

And we were so looking forward to the visit …

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