Golden Dawn MP suspends Australian visit after visa delays

Supporters of the far right Golden Dawn party wave flags and shout slogans outside the Athens Appeals Court (File: Getty)

A member of parliament for the far-right party Greek political party Golden Dawn has suspended his visit to Australia due to visa delays.

A spokesman for the Australia branch of Greek far-right party Golden Dawn says a planned visit to Australia by members of its Greek mother party has been suspended due to visa delays.

Ignatius Gavrilidis told SBS the Australian embassy in Greece "disrupted" the visit by, among others, Golden Dawn MP ​Georgios Epitideios.

He said the "delaying tactics" have thrown out the plans to visit Australia and, as such, the planned supporter drive has been called off for now.

Mr Gavrilidis said it is possible the visit could take place early next year, but would not confirm this.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the government reserves the right to refuse visas for individuals deemed to represent an "unacceptable risk of harm".

"The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from unacceptable risk of harm from criminal or other serious conduct by non-citizens," he said in a statement provided to SBS.

"If a visa applicant is considered likely to engage in activities that fall within the scope of the character requirements of the Migration Act 1958, their visa application may be refused."​

But Mr Gavrilidis said no visa application was officially rejected.

The visit by Greek MP Georgios Epitideios garnered considerable opposition from within the Greek community in Australia.

Victorian state MP Nick Kotsiras had also voiced his concerns should the visit go ahead.

Golden Dawn, Greece's third largest political party, has been criticised in Europe and internationally, for its use of Nazi-like imagery and statements from its leaders denying the Holocaust.

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