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World's number one anti-vaxxer denied entry to Australia

Kent Heckenlively, who has not been granted a visa to enter Australia. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Kent Heckenlively, who has not been granted a visa to enter Australia. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

THE self-prescribed "world's number one anti-vaxxer", Kent Heckenlively, has been denied permission to enter Australia.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Mr Heckenlively would not be able to come to Australia for a planned lecture in December.

"Kent has not got any travel plans to Australia because we are not going to allow him to come here, we are not going to issue a visa for this particular individual," Mr Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB.

"These people who are telling parents their kids shouldn't be vaccinated are dangerous people and we have been very clear in having a look right through this particular case and it is clear to me that it is not in our national interest that he should come here."

The Turnbull government was under pressure from Labor to stop the American science teacher from coming to Australia.

Labor wrote to immigration minister Peter Dutton earlier this month demanding a travel ban on Mr Heckenlively after it was revealed his department had the anti-vaxxer under watch.

Mr Heckenlively was planning a lecture tour of Australia in December to spread his dangerous and incorrect message that vaccines are bad.

As part of his "Dangerous Science" tour he was planning to call for a five-year moratorium on childhood vaccinations.

Labor wrote to immigration minister Peter Dutton earlier this month demanding a travel ban on Mr Heckenlively after it was revealed his department had the anti-vaxxer under watch.

Mr Heckenlively was planning a lecture tour of Australia in December to spread his dangerous and incorrect message that vaccines are bad.

As part of his "Dangerous Science" tour he was planning to call for a five-year moratorium on childhood vaccinations.

"Labor is alarmed that Mr Heckenlively may be allowed to promote this dangerous nonsense in Australia," Ms King said in the letter obtained exclusively by News Corp Australia.

"While our immunisation program has historically been effective, there is growing evidence that anti-vaccination advocates and their political allies like Pauline Hanson are now undermining our success - as shown by the doubling of measles cases between 2013 and 2014.

"I write to urge you to deny entry to Australia to the dangerous anti-vaccination zealot Kent Heckenlively."

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