A senior Labor figure has called for the founder of a radical anti-women group, that believes rape should be legal on private property, to be barred from entering Australia.
A ‘tribal meeting’, organised by Return of Kings leader Daryush ‘Roosh’ Valizadeh, will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on Saturday along with similar gatherings in 43 other countries.
Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong says Mr Valizadeh should be denied a visa, telling ABC radio on Tuesday: ‘It is disgusting, those views and that type of campaigning and organisation has no place in Australia.’
Women, transgender men and homosexual men are banned from the meeting of ‘neomasculinist’ supporters, who have been urged to travel in pairs or groups using indirect routes to avoid ‘green-haired female activists or male feminists’ following them.
It’s believed to be the first time supporters of the online group are meeting in person.
According to Mr Valizadeh’s website, a woman’s value ‘significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character’.
Meanwhile, Sydney protesters are leading the charge against Mr Valizadeh, with more than 25,000 people signing an online petition in a bid to stop the ‘tribal meetings’ going ahead this weekend in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, coinciding with 43 public meetings worldwide.
Protesters want Saturday’s three Sydney events to be cancelled.
The petition is to inform the NSW Police Force that ‘this sort of misogynistic form of terrorism’ should not be allowed.
The Sydney meeting points for the event will be held in three locations – the Hyde Park Fountain, park benches outside the Coogee Pavilion complex and the shopping strip at Brighton-Le-Sands.
The former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick tweeted on Monday night: ‘The views espoused by Return of Kings are deeply offensive and have no place in Australia’.
Online petitions have also started to try and stop the events planned for Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth with several thousand signatures each.