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Whistleblower Could Be Banned From Australia

Convicted US whistleblower Chelsea Manning could have her visa application denied by the Morrison government just days before her speaking tour is due to start.

Ms Manning, a former army intelligence analyst best-known for leaking classified military and diplomatic documents, is scheduled to start her Australian speaking tour in Sydney on September 2.

The government is reportedly considering refusing entry to Ms Manning - who was released from military prison in 2017 - under s501 of the Migration Act, according to media reports. 

The Department of Home Affairs says it does not comment on individual cases but all non-citizens entering Australia must meet character requirements set out in the Migration Act.

"A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record or where their conduct represents a risk to the Australian community," a department spokesman told AAP in a statement.

Ms Manning is also facing calls to be barred from New Zealand with the centre-right National Party urging the government to decline her visa request, saying she was a "felon".

The transgender activist is due to speak in Melbourne on September 7, Auckland on September 8, Wellington on September 9 and Brisbane on September 11.

AAP

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