The rapper has come under fire from the authorities, including the Australian Prime Minister...

EMINEM is to answer back to the Australian authorities, who have branded him “sickening” and accused him of being mentally unbalanced, at a press conference in the country later this month.

The Australian Prime Minister and a State MP have attacked the controversial rapper, the latter accusing the star of being “mentally sick” and saying he should be locked in a “mental institution and the key thrown away”.

Queensland Liberal MP Peter Slipper waded into the fiery debate over the controversial star, who will perform in Australia in July.

Speaking on Australian television, Slipper said: “Anyone who writes lyrics speculating about raping his mother, anyone who writes lyrics talking about having his pregnant girlfriend killed, has to be on the wrong side of mental balance.

“What we should do or what someone should do is lock him up in a mental institution and throw away the key.”

And the Australian Prime Minister John Howard told Australian press he believed Eminem‘s lyrics were “sickening, demeaned women and encouraged violence” but said any question about whether he would be allowed into the country was in the hands of the immigration minister Philip Ruddock.

“You cannot have these constantly gratuitous exhortations to violence and not expect some impact, some consequence, some spin off,” Prime Minister Howard said.

“I find the lyrics of people like that quite sickening and I think most

Australians do.”

To counter criticisms of his music, [url=]Eminem will hold a press conference in Australia on July 26.

Despite calls from lobby groups such as the Australian Family Association for immigration officials to prevent Eminem and US rap group D12, who he performs with, from entering the country, the immigration minister has indicated that his Visa application, though yet to be received, will probably be processed as normal.

“It will not be decided on the basis of public opinion,” he said.

Eminem will perform at the Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Park on Thursday July 26 and at the Sydney Superdrome the following night.

Tickets for the shows went on sale on Saturday. They have not sold out, but this has been blamed on the relatively high ticket price of $100 dollars apiece. Tickets for popular acts are usually less than $70.