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British commentator Katie Hopkins to be deported from Australia after her visa was cancelled

The federal government has cancelled the visa of British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins after she boasted about flouting hotel quarantine rules on social media. 

Ms Hopkins was allowed into Australia ahead of a now-axed role in the upcoming season of Big Brother, broadcast by the Seven Network. 

But she was dropped from the show after telling her Instagram followers she had been trying to flout restrictions in what she claimed was a Sydney hotel room. 

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told the ABC on Monday Ms Hopkins’ visa has been cancelled, and that she hopes she will leave the country “imminently”. 

“The Australian Border Force acted very quickly to make sure the visa on which she entered was cancelled,” Ms Andrews said. 

“There was a bit of a process we needed to follow with that. We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can possibly arrange that. I’m hopeful that will happen imminently.”

It comes after the Seven Network confirmed on Sunday afternoon Ms Hopkins was no longer attached to the show. 

Ms Andrews described her behaviour as “appalling” and “shameful”. 

“The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling. It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown,” she said. 

“It was just unacceptable behaviour, so personally, I’m very pleased she’ll be leaving.”

More to come. 

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