Novak Djokovic’s visa canceled by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke | Canberra time

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In a sensational decision, unvaccinated world No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has been ordered to leave Australia. After days of deliberation, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has decided to cancel Djokovic’s visa, meaning he cannot stay in the country and defend his Australian Open title. In a statement, the minister said he made the decision in the public interest. “Today I exercised my authority under Section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic for reasons of health and good order, on the grounds that ‘it was in the public interest to do so,’ Mr Hawke said. . “This decision follows orders from the Federal Circuit and Family Court dated January 10, 2022, reversing an earlier rescission decision for reasons of procedural fairness. “In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information that has provided by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.” The 34-year-old Serbian superstar, who is aiming for a record 21st Grand Slam title, is expected to appeal the decision. days before the start of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament. “The Morrison government is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, in particular in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”, said said Mr Hawke. “I am grateful to the officers of the Home Office and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly difficult operating environments. Djokovic’s drama began just over a week ago when the famous vaccine skeptic announced he was traveling to Melbourne with th medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements. He arrived in Australia on January 5, but authorities canceled his visa and he was placed in immigration detention alongside long-term asylum seekers. A judge later overturned the decision and he was released while the minister considered whether to use his discretionary powers. It was later discovered that the player had incorrectly indicated on his travel declaration form that he had not traveled to any other countries in the two weeks prior to his flight to Australia, although he had actually flown to Spain. Djokovic said it was an administrative error and a human error on the part of his agent. He also admitted to attending a face-to-face interview and photo op with a French newspaper after testing positive for COVID-19 on December 16. for that. “There are so many areas in which the character of the Morrison government shows itself, that it always responds too little too late, that it never really considers a looming problem, does not act as a problem does not become a crisis,” he said. noted. “But what we have from a government is that day after day they don’t make a decision when it’s now been almost 60 days since their visa was granted. They never answered the question how this visa was granted in the first place if he was not eligible because he was not fully vaccinated.” The world No. 1 was named in the Australian Open draw on Thursday to face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.

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