The Australian government cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time on Friday, saying the world tennis No. 1, unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to again cancel Djokovic's visa, after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released 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 said in a statement."This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds."In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic."Referring to Australian PM Scott Morrison, Hawke added: "The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic."I thank the officers of the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia's interests in increasingly challenging operational environments." Djokovic is yet to comment on the Australian Government's latest move - but it casts his hope of notching up a 10th Australian Open win into jeopardy.
The Serbian ace was drawn to play fellow countryman Miomir Kecmanovic in yesterday's Australia Open draw despite the fact that his ability to play in the tournament was not guaranteed.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk