Rusty denied citizenship, twice

Russell Crowe has twice been denied Australian citizenship.

One of Australia’s favourite ‘adopted’ sons, Russell Crowe claims he has applied for Australian citizenship and twice been denied.

However, in a written response to Fairfax, the Department of Immigration stated:

"According to Departmental records, Mr Crowe has not submitted an application for a permanent visa or for Australian citizenship." 

"Should Mr Crowe apply for and be granted a permanent visa, there are a variety of options that he may use to meet the eligibility requirements, including the residence requirements." 

The actor has been voted in the top 50 Australian national treasures and, apart from the Queen, is the only non-Australian to have appeared on an Aussie postage stamp. Do you think he should be given citizenship?





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    MILA
    27th Mar 2015
    10:17am
    Well, reasons have been presented & surely, we all have to align to immigration, tax and other (many) regulations: so, it is for Mr R.C. to follow it up as per the appropiate channels. If the claims are valid (from whatever side) , are to prevailed.
    professori_au
    27th Mar 2015
    10:50pm
    apparently not for this government. It only applies to you and I and not to "them", who breach our constitution almost on a day to day basis. Law is not for them

    27th Mar 2015
    10:25am
    If a person satisfies government requirements they should be given citizenship, but appearing on a stamp and in movies doesn't waive any of those requirements nor put you nearer to the front of the cue.
    Travellersjoy
    27th Mar 2015
    10:27am
    Apparently he hasn't applied, so couldn't be denied.

    Really, why should we care? He is one person, there are clear pathways to citizenship. Either he is eligible or he is not, but he needs to apply first, just like everyone else.
    heyyybob
    27th Mar 2015
    11:54am
    Absolutely.
    Rob
    27th Mar 2015
    10:30am
    surely there are more important items to write about than an actor who can't tell the truth about having applied or not.
    heyyybob
    27th Mar 2015
    11:54am
    Absolutely.
    DavidB
    27th Mar 2015
    12:22pm
    If he is being dishonest about this does he deserve citizenship in our fine country?
    Anonymous
    28th Mar 2015
    4:50am
    Then DavidB, we will have to get rid of the likes of Abbott who is an outright liar and is selling off Australia to foreign megacorps and crucifying our economy and country. Abbott aligns with Britain …. his country of birth and tries to render Australia a mere colony of his home country which it hasn't been for over a hundred years.

    Russell Crowe is worth a 1000 Abbotts and has called Australia his home for about the same period of time. Russell Crowe has given Australia more credibility than Abbott ever will because Abbott is such an idiot and fool when dealing in International affairs.

    I say Russell Crowe for Australian PM and get rid of the 'dickhead' that is masquerading around parliament as something worth some space.
    Pollyanna
    27th Mar 2015
    10:55am
    I think Russell Crowe should get citizenship. He deserves it a lot more than a lot of others who get it.
    Nan Norma
    27th Mar 2015
    11:02am
    yes I agree.
    Anonymous
    28th Mar 2015
    4:42am
    Me three!
    HOLA
    1st Apr 2015
    2:35pm
    I'll go a foursome!!
    buby
    5th Apr 2015
    12:06pm
    now how do we really know that he deserves it? Really do we know him that well!!!
    I think not. but thats his choice :)
    Adrianus
    27th Mar 2015
    10:57am
    I wonder why Rusty has had so much trouble with his applications? Did he actually make those applications? Or is this some sort of political stunt? I also wonder why he wants an Aussie passport? It appears easier for terrorists to become citizens? :(
    particolor
    27th Mar 2015
    4:29pm
    Maybe He isn't Islamic enough ?? !!
    Anonymous
    28th Mar 2015
    4:40am
    particolor

    You are one of my favourites but am very disappointed with your bigotry.

    Personally I think ALL religions should be banned as an ancient rite for people of diminished intellect.

    Even with this outlook, it appears that I am more tolerant of ALL religions than most religious people which is very strange to me. I have had to put up with Christian religious views being incorporated in our laws and customs which force me to comply with THEIR religious views but I am now hearing cries and hysteria from religious people about the vague and very minute possibility that other religions may, one day, gain some consideration in our legal system.

    I will iterate my comment (below) about groups of foreigners coming into Australia through the incorporation in Australia of a $2 Pty Ltd company who 'sponsors' them into Australia with huge tax concessions (Rent and food for families paid and claimed by company; including travel costs; shifting costs; Living Away from Home Allowances - NO Fringe Benefits as they are exempt) or should I say rorts….. I have seem 10 people and their families all granted Australian residency after 2 years from one registered Pty Ltd ($2) company alone. They brought absolutely NOTHING into the country and made their money from the Australian Mining boom.

    They are pouring into the country via this method but I don't see many Islamic people doing this. The ones I have observed are caucasian christians.
    particolor
    28th Mar 2015
    10:11am
    Bring back the Inquisition !! :-) Id like to see them Get stuck in again !! ;-)
    peter000
    27th Mar 2015
    11:00am
    I am a very recently retired Registered Migration Agent with many years experience. This is a silly, attention-seeking beatup from Rusty, in my opinion. He would be a walk-up start for a successful permanent residence application (unlimately leading to citizenship) under a Distinguished Talent Visa (such a for Tatiana Gregorieva and many before and after her). He is either incredibly poorly advised, which I doubt, or too unmotivated to get off his butt and do it the right way. The law is the law and he can't expect to be awarded instant Oz citizenship just because he feels "special".

    I'm a fan of his work in the movies and with Souths, but the fact is that he needs to respect the processes of the country that he wants to adopt formally. Silly, thoughtless babble won't cut it.
    heyyybob
    27th Mar 2015
    11:55am
    Absolutely.
    Mak
    27th Mar 2015
    11:06am
    Actors, actresses and professional sport individuals are treated better than the unsung heroes of our country, the medicos, police, fire service, ambulance, paras, defence forces, SES, and all others who dedicate their lives to look after the welfare of fellow Australians.
    It is annoying to see nondescripts given high-class treatment and put on pedestals as though they are super-special and better than the rest of us, and, people pay hard-earned money to keep them living their lives of luxury.
    Rob
    27th Mar 2015
    11:24am
    Well said Mak. After all he is just an actor and doesn't really contribute much to Australia
    Adrianus
    27th Mar 2015
    11:56am
    You would be happier if you didn't have so much hatred for those who are successful.
    We all make a contribution in some way. Where is the peer recognition for those you mention? Why don't councils put a star on the footpath outside the police station or the hospital in recognition of those who have devoted their lives to the well being of fellow citizens?
    Why not promote the ideal of praise for attitude and effort instead of attacking people like Rusty because they are successful? That is why I will never be a lefty. I admire others who have the intestinal fortitude to have a go! Yes, regardless of their chosen career path.
    While I don't care much for Rusty's political agenda, I do very much admire his success.
    Rob
    27th Mar 2015
    12:02pm
    I think the issue is that he has gone public, big noted himself and put his foot firmly in his mouth.
    Adrianus
    27th Mar 2015
    12:10pm
    Rob, he is playing politics. Possibly to highlight the corruption in the immigration department? But he is a little late. This happened during labor's watch and I believe those responsible have been locked up.
    Rob
    27th Mar 2015
    12:37pm
    Do you really think so Frank? I would have thought it was all about him.
    Adrianus
    27th Mar 2015
    1:14pm
    Except for the immigration department employee who fled the country after her house was raided by the AFP. I cannot understand why it takes so long to get a warrant to stop people from leaving the country. Captain Emad the trolley boy may have been part of that network? Who Knows? To answer your question, yes he is being a drama queen and possibly thinks he doesn't need to follow normal procedure. But things are different now. He is not talking to corrupt employees or Hollywood ego strokers.
    Juris
    27th Mar 2015
    2:02pm
    It seems that "Rob" may have a hatred for Rusty. I dare say that RC has contributed more to Australia that "Rob" every has or will, would like to live off his tax bill alone. The things he has done for Australians is enormous - please do your research "Rob" before jumping on the "cut the tall poppy syndrome" wagon. Shame on on you "Rob". It would be quite intering to compare your CV with that of Rusty's
    Anonymous
    28th Mar 2015
    4:56am
    If you are talking about getting rid of dead wood that doesn't contribute to Australia… hell ….. someone who is an outright liability and is selling off Australia to foreign megacorps and crucifying our economy and country, then Abbott fits the bill. Abbott aligns with Britain …. his country of birth and tries to render Australia a mere colony of his home country which it hasn't been for over a hundred years.

    Russell Crowe is worth a 1000 Abbotts and has called Australia his home for about the same period of time. Russell Crowe has given Australia more credibility than Abbott ever will because Abbott is such an idiot and fool when dealing in International affairs, he actually is detrimental to Australia.

    I say Russell Crowe for Australian PM and get rid of the 'dickhead' that is masquerading around parliament as something worth some space.
    Nan Norma
    27th Mar 2015
    11:06am
    He seems to see himself as Australian. And he is a better person than some we are giving citizenship to.
    Not a Bludger
    27th Mar 2015
    12:55pm
    If Russell Crowe meets the criteria, then yes - if not, then no - just like everyone else has to and I had to.
    He should stop moaning.
    Richard
    27th Mar 2015
    1:10pm
    Yes, but you have to ask whether he is serious about it or just stirring. After all, he hasn't even applied!
    Kupsha
    27th Mar 2015
    1:27pm
    NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Apparently he has not applied for citizenship.
    Check with the memo put out by Immigration yesterday.
    indiana Jones
    27th Mar 2015
    1:29pm
    He's contributed a lot more than illegal emigrants to this country, ie Lindt cafe terroist attack by somebody receiving a disability benefit, can't see the problem, perhaps he should come in on an illegal emigrant boat and get centre link benefits, this seems to work.
    Mazza
    27th Mar 2015
    1:37pm
    Of course Russell should be an Aussie, his sons are Aussie, he contributes more then most Pollies to Australia, is spending big dollars in this country, owns land here, employs, as no pollies do, is an Icon of Oz and NZ and he's the ultimate ANZAC, Aussie New Zealand Accepted Company...onya Rusty!!! Good luck with acceptance, although we have already..M
    buby
    5th Apr 2015
    12:16pm
    like many have said i reckon he's too lazy to get off his butt and do the work to get it, i'll bet!!
    Just because he can afford this that and the other, doesn't necessarily make him a great person. Just a rich one
    Juris
    27th Mar 2015
    2:04pm
    It seems that "Rob" may have a hatred for Rusty. I dare say that RC has contributed more to Australia that "Rob" every has or will, would like to live off his tax bill alone. The things he has done for Australians is enormous - please do your research "Rob" before jumping on the "cut the tall poppy syndrome" wagon. Shame on on you "Rob". It would be quite intering to compare your CV with that of Rusty's
    pate
    27th Mar 2015
    2:56pm
    Does he really deserve to be allowed to be an Aussie after all I am third generation Australian born so what right foes he hace pver me or my cousins etc.?

    27th Mar 2015
    3:03pm
    Tell him to wait until the Labour government get in and
    they will supply him with a boat from Indonesia which he can share with some terrorists that they bring in. He will automatically get citizenship as he gets off the boat.
    Oh and if he is in between jobs he can go on the dole and also he will have to vote for
    Sheik Shorten and his terrorist mates.
    Shonga
    27th Mar 2015
    3:42pm
    Absolutely not he's a Kiwi, not an Aussie.
    Mar
    27th Mar 2015
    3:46pm
    What a fuss over nothing. Thought he was an Aussie!!!
    AlbertC
    27th Mar 2015
    3:49pm
    did any one mention he may have a criminal record of a minor act ? and therefore he would not be given citizenship .
    particolor
    28th Mar 2015
    10:14am
    Chewing Gum on the Footpath in Singapore is enough to get You one of them ! :-)
    vinnies
    27th Mar 2015
    4:37pm
    Why not, he is a big assett to this country and a great ambassador. if he meets tyhe criteria.
    He has done a lot for australia (& new zealand.)
    A Strath
    27th Mar 2015
    7:03pm
    There are Crowes in my family tree from Central NSW. If Russell can prove a family connection surely that would help his application for citizenship. He might like to check whether he has any Fenning family connections.
    Adrianus
    28th Mar 2015
    11:07am
    Crowes in your family tree huh? mmm.
    Chris B T
    29th Mar 2015
    10:33am
    The Crow's in my tree go Awk Awk and do Hak Hak as well, the Kiwi connection.
    jenwho
    27th Mar 2015
    7:43pm
    If it is true he hasn't applied then he should get the right paperwork and apply.
    Just because he is a movie star doesn't mean he can just ask. He has to go through the same channels as everyone else and meet the requirements
    Flindersbar
    27th Mar 2015
    8:39pm
    He's a drama queen, way over weight, has no respect for proper procedure, wears last century gear and talks like he doesn't give a ****, that's automatic Aussie citizenship, full stop cobber.
    particolor
    27th Mar 2015
    9:40pm
    Dinky Di Aussie !! :-)
    Fergy5815
    27th Mar 2015
    10:08pm
    I have always considered Rusty to be an Aussie so let it happen if he wants to be a real Aussie with proper paperwork and Passport etc.
    professori_au
    27th Mar 2015
    10:44pm
    He would be a better candidate than some of those that have been approved. Anyway as a Kiwi he is our brother. Look at the word Anzac. The history of New Zealanders being part of the commonwealth forces and their contribution makes ask what is the justification for effusing him. Tell the public why he was refused.
    particolor
    28th Mar 2015
    10:17am
    ANZAC or AZTEC !! Let Him in ! :-)
    professori_au
    27th Mar 2015
    10:52pm
    Russell claims he has applied yet the department says he has not. Russell did you keep copies of your application and would you be prepared to show them publically. that should stop excuses fro department heads who have a vested interest in protecting their own backs from criticism
    professori_au
    27th Mar 2015
    10:55pm
    My experience of public service is that when a department is criticised you protect the department the Minister and find a scapegoat. Will a scape goat be forthcoming in this instance. Publish what the requirements for Russell and then compare them with others the government has given nationality. Let's be consistent
    Paulodapotter
    28th Mar 2015
    1:23am
    To my way of thinking, not being very nationalistic, in fact, not at all nationalistic, dual citizenship should be offered to all Kiwis and vice versa. Most Americans think New Zealand is just another state of Australia and given the Kiwi flag, do you blame them?

    28th Mar 2015
    4:09am
    Hell yeah!

    If we can bend immigration rules for foreign soccer players to join our ranks and allow foreigners to register an Australian Company who 'sponsors' them into Australia with huge tax concessions (Rent and food for families paid and claimed by company; including travel costs; shifting costs; Living Away from Home Allowances - NO Fringe Benefits as they are exempt) or should I say rorts….. I have seem 10 people and their families all granted Australian residency after 2 years from one registered Pty Ltd ($2) company alone. They brought absolutely NOTHING into the country and made their money from the Australian Mining boom.

    Russell Crowe is brilliant for Australia and how stupid is it to simply not just sign the stupid form and welcome him home.
    Desiree
    28th Mar 2015
    3:24pm
    Definately Yes. Love Rusty.
    Believer
    28th Mar 2015
    5:55pm
    He is a great actor, what is the problem? So what happened to the Aussie rule of getting a second chance? He should have been given this anyway, he is always called an Aussie actor! He is a decent citizen really!
    indiana Jones
    28th Mar 2015
    7:43pm
    Mussitate you have your head in the sand as far as our Priminister is concerned, the labour party has lied and lied, ie there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead, the pink bats scheme killed people, and they have ran the country into debt that the Abbott Government has to get us out of, previous to the labour government the country was in the black on the ledger with continous surplus. Please don't rave on and anyway what's that got to do with Russells application? Kind Regards
    buby
    29th Mar 2015
    4:43pm
    OHHHHHH giveme a break INdiana they all LIE???
    Chris B T
    29th Mar 2015
    10:21am
    Rusty's a Kiwi and dosn't like under arm's only over arm action for Rusty, just ask the Hotel.
    If he really wants to live here let him, make it his tax residence as well.
    He claims to be Austrlian actor, stop acting and be one with all the consequences.
    Fill the application in, then act out the part of the Rejected or rejoice.
    geomac
    29th Mar 2015
    11:32am
    Most New Zealanders who migrate to Australia are automatically granted a Special Category visa permitting them to live and work in the country indefinitely. However, the visa does not allow for the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens – including the right to vote and access to student loans.

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/25/russell-crowe-twice-denied-australian-citizenship-its-so-so-unreasonable
    geomac
    29th Mar 2015
    11:39am
    New Zealanders get preferential treatment in Australia in one sense but are denied some benefits of being a citizen. I am sure if Crowe applied for citizenship and complied with the two year ? continuous residency and whatever else is required he would be granted citizenship.
    buby
    29th Mar 2015
    4:42pm
    Absolutely Why NOT :)
    mollie
    29th Mar 2015
    9:22pm
    I'm a bit tired of celebs who think they are entitled to special treatment -rules are rules, we all have to obey them, if he applies for citizenship he will surely succeed.
    professori_au
    30th Mar 2015
    9:50am
    Mollie,
    He claims to have applied several times and been knocked back. I am not concerned about celebs or suchlike. It seems to me that a person of good character who has been knocked back should be entitled to be given the reasons why, so he/she can address those problems. I believe equal and just treatment should be given to all. It seems some people who have come to this country have not been investigated properly, yet have been approved as residents. Stop bashing celebs or any other group and check the facts and if there is any difference in the treatment we should be asking why
    ndibs
    30th Mar 2015
    6:50pm
    If R.C. was given citizenship without meeting the entry criteria we'd be all up in arms about it and call it excessive use of privelige.
    Now we hear he's never applied for it - What does he expect? That immigration will go around with a gold certificate of citizenship which they urge him to accept because he's so special.
    Sorry but if Immigration hasn't a record of his application then too bad Russ, you need to apply...
    professori_au
    30th Mar 2015
    7:12pm
    We have disputing claims and the solution is to provide evidence instead of publishing allegations. Allegations are accusations made but not necessarily supported by evidence. Why should the public be given anything but the truth. Investigations and evidence is what is needed.
    mollie
    30th Mar 2015
    7:19pm
    Crowe owns land and is married to an Australian- or was- so I don't know what the fuss is about. Let him apply for citizenship and he'll get it for sure. He's not a terrorist for goodness sake
    Phredt
    2nd Apr 2015
    12:51pm
    Having someone deny the application doesn't mean there wasn't one - it only means he doesn't have it in his hand at the moment. I was disabled by a stroke but denied the parking permit twice. I'm 70 but denied the seniors health care card and the pension. I have no income, but I do have Australian citizenship. I support Mr Crowe.
    Phredt
    2nd Apr 2015
    12:51pm
    Having someone deny the application doesn't mean there wasn't one - it only means he doesn't have it in his hand at the moment. I was disabled by a stroke but denied the parking permit twice. I'm 70 but denied the seniors health care card and the pension. I have no income, but I do have Australian citizenship. I support Mr Crowe.

    2nd Apr 2015
    2:56pm
    Crowe has a police record both in Australia and in America because of his bad temper.......we have enough garbage already pretending to LUV OZ
    Adrianus
    2nd Apr 2015
    4:02pm
    I'm starting to understand now. He needs citizenship so he can join the labor party.
    Ruby
    3rd Apr 2015
    9:31am
    No.