Katie Hopkins to be deported from Australia over quarantine rules

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image captionKatie Hopkins volition beryllium deported from Australia

Controversial British commentator Katie Hopkins volition beryllium deported from Australia for bragging astir flouting edifice quarantine rules, says the government.

Ms Hopkins - who has often drawn choler for racist remarks - had entered the state to prima successful TV amusement Big Brother Australia.

On Friday she posted a video from her Sydney edifice country wherever she joked astir putting frontline unit astatine risk.

Her comments sparked wide condemnation.

In the video, Ms Hopkins said she planned to "lie successful wait" for workers to present nutrient to her country truthful she could unfastened the doorway "naked with nary look mask".

She besides called lockdowns the "greatest hoax successful quality history". Australia's 2 biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, are some successful lockdown.

The station has since been wiped from her Instagram.

On Monday, the Australian authorities confirmed her visa had been cancelled, aft she was besides sacked from the world show.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews called Ms Hopkins' comments "appalling" and a "slap successful the face" for Australians successful lockdown.

"We volition beryllium getting her retired of the state arsenic soon arsenic we tin imaginable put that," the curate told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Personally, I'm precise pleased she'll beryllium leaving," she said.

Ms Hopkins has not commented connected her deportation, but connected Sunday said she was "joking" successful her quarantine remarks.

Seven Network and accumulation institution Endemol Shine Australia said Ms Hopkins had been fired for those comments, but did not respond to disapproval of her hiring successful the archetypal place.

Ms Hopkins was past twelvemonth banned from Twitter for repeatedly breaching the platform's hateful behaviour policy.

The right-wing commentator, a favourite of ex-US President Donald Trump, has called migrants "cockroaches" and described Islam arsenic "repugnant".

When questioned connected Ms Hopkins' entry, Ms Andrews said the determination had been made by New South Wales authorities authorities "on the ground of imaginable payment to the economy".

But opponents accused the national authorities of "allowing a far-right troll into Australia", noting Ms Hopkins had besides been detained successful South Africa successful 2018 for spreading radical hate.

"The decision… is peculiarly achy for the 35,000 Australians who stay stranded overseas," said Labor MP Andrew Giles.

Australia's closed-border argumentation since March 2020 has prolonged household separations and prevented galore citizens from returning.

But dozens of celebrities, sportspeople and others with exemptions person been capable to bypass the rule.

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