The Australian Home Affairs Department has blocked the visa application of Gavin McInnes, the founder of the US far-right group the Proud Boys after he failed the character test required to enter Australia.

The denial followed an online petition, which called on the Immigration Minister David Coleman to ban Gavin McInnes from visiting the country in February 2019 for a speaking tour.

The petition, which was signed by more than 81,000 people, was founded by Nyadol Nyuon, a lawyer. Along with other activists and Labour MPs, Nyuon delivered the petition to Parliament House in the capital of Canberra.