Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian authorities revoked his visa for a second time.
The Australian authorities cancelled his visa on Friday, saying the world’s top-ranked males’s tennis participant, unvaccinated for COVID-19, could pose a danger to the neighborhood.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to once more cancel Djokovic’s visa, after a courtroom quashed an earlier revocation and launched him from immigration detention on Monday.
“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke mentioned in a press release.
The authorities “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
He mentioned he had “carefully considered” info from Djokovic, the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force.
Under the part of the Migration Act which the minister used to train his energy to cancel the visa, Djokovic wouldn’t be capable of safe a visa to return to Australia for 3 years, besides in compelling circumstances that have an effect on Australia’s curiosity.
Djokovic’s attorneys are anticipated to attraction the cancellation within the Federal Circuit and Family Court as they efficiently did after the primary cancellation.
(Periodic and necessary reminder that Djokovic might have prevented all this rigamarole by merely getting vaccinated like 97%+ of his tennis participant friends have.)
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 14, 2022
His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was authorized by the Victoria state authorities and Tennis Australia, the event organiser. That apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to travel.
But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa upon arrival in Melbourne.
He spent 4 nights in resort detention earlier than a choose on Monday overturned that call.
On Thursday, Djokovic was been included within the Australian Open official draw regardless of the uncertainty over his visa standing.
Djokovic additionally admitted figuring out he had examined optimistic for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photoshoot at his tennis centre in Serbia final month, admitting he made an “error of judgement” and may have instantly gone into isolation.
The choice to award him a medical exemption to travel to Melbourne to defend his Australian Open title prompted an outcry on social media and criticism from different sportspeople, medical professionals and politicians.
Australian Open organisers mentioned that Djokovic utilized for a medical exemption “which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts”.
However, following the announcement, former Australian Rules participant Kevin Bartlett tweeted that Australians “have been taken for fools”.
Another former participant, Corey McKernan, tweeted: “People with loved ones who are dying/some needing urgent treatment cannot get into their own states. You tell people they can’t go to Coles or a cafe without being vaxxed but if you’re world number one you get a pass?”
Many Australians, and notably these in Melbourne which hosts the event, have been subjected to a sequence of prolonged lockdowns over the previous two years.