Scott Morrison asked about the Novak Djokovic saga

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Asked about the Serbian Thursday afternoon in Canberra, Mr Morrison said: “I will refer to Mr Hawke’s most recent statement and that position has not changed.

“These are personal ministerial powers that can be exercised by Minister Hawke and I do not propose to make any further comments at this time.”

Mr Hawke’s most recent statement said that lawyers for the tennis star “recently provided lengthy additional submissions and supporting documents believed to be relevant to the possible cancellation of Mr Djokovic’s visa.”

“Of course, this will affect the timing of a decision,” added a spokesperson.

Djokovic was shot against his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the tournament, but questions remain around his participation with the threat of visa cancellation looming.

Posting on Instagram on Wednesday, Djokovic said the error on his immigration form regarding travel before arriving for the Australian Open was an “administrative error”.

He told authorities on a border declaration form that he had not traveled in the two weeks before his flight to Australia.

However, Djokovic was filmed playing tennis in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia on Christmas Day and training in Spain on December 31, both within the 14-day window.

His statement read: “On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent s I sincerely apologize for the administrative error by checking the wrong box about my previous trip before coming to Australia.

“It was human error and certainly not deliberate.”

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