Australia to Snoop: G'Day, Dogg

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Wonder how Bill O'Reilly feels about this one.

Snoop Dogg has been refused entry into Australia because of his extensive criminal record, the immigration minister said Thursday, the second time this year the rapper has been barred from entering a country.

Snoop Dogg, Dane Cook

Snoop Dogg, real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., was due to fly into Sydney this week to co-host the MTV Australia Video Music Awards.

But immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said Snoop Dogg's visa was canceled because he failed to pass the country's character test, which takes one's criminal background into account.

"He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Andrews told Sydney's Macquarie Radio.

The bloke now has 28 days to protest the decision.

Donald Etra, the rapper's Los Angeles-based lawyer, said he had not heard from his client about the visa cancellation and could not comment.

Earlier this month, Snoop Dogg was sentenced to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service after he pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges in California.

Snoop Dogg was convicted in 1990 of cocaine possession (see cute young Snoop mug shot) and charged with gun possession after a 1993 traffic stop.

In 1997, he pleaded guilty in exchange for three years' probation and a promise to make public service announcements against violence.

He was acquitted of a murder charge in 1996 after the death of an alleged gang member killed by gunfire from the vehicle in which Snoop Dogg was traveling.

During his last visit to Australia in February, Andrews said he overstayed his visa by two days and Snoop, who just posted his house for sale, was given an official warning.

In March, Snoop Dogg and fellow rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs were forced to scrap a tour of Britain after authorities denied Snoop a visa.

Britain's Home Office rules state that foreign citizens can be barred from entering the country if there are concerns about their presence.

There were rumors Snoop was arrested in Sweden during the tour as well, though those later turned out to be false (to the surprise of many).

In April 2006, Snoop Dogg and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl, and spent the night in jail after trouble flared when some in the rapper's party were denied from British Airways' first-class lounge at Heathrow Airport.

Oh well. If the Doggfather is kept out of the land down under, at least he can smoke herb and play XBox while showing up late for PCD shows here in the United States.

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