BREAKING Novak Djokovic has lost his bid against the federal government’s decision to cancel his visa for a second time.
Djokovic said he was 'extremely disappointed' with the court's ruling but stressed he will 'cooperate' with authorities in regards to his departure from Australia.
AAPChief Justice Allsop said the three judges had unanimously ruled to uphold the government's cancellation of Djokovic's visa.He said the court “was not in a position to deliver reasons today” but further reasoning on the court’s decision will be published “at a later date.”
Protestors and fans of Serbia's Novak Djokovic outside the Park Hotel.Djokovic issued a statement on Sunday night addressing the outcome of the hearing."I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.Read more: SBS News »
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I hear there are alot of homeless people too. Hopefully that means he can't come back here for 3 years! This is terrible news. We treated him poorly. He has always been a big draw card at the AO. He donated money towards the bushfire. Did Scott Morrison donate any money on his large wage It's all so hypercritical. How can judges be so different regarding the law
AO now is AC. I often wondered why English speaking countries don't have their own word for Schadenfreude when they are quite good at it. 👍 9 Australian Opens.1 Australia closed. A disgusting decision against all-time AO great. Stop Stop Stop the news abt him now... sbsportuguese What an embarrassment for Australia 🤦♂️ The federal elections will be brutal to the coalition 🗳
ah well. Whoever wins the open will know that they won it when the best player in the world wasn't there...yeah, think that takes the tarnish of it somewhat. Regardless of what you believe about the jab. There are still those that think the govt did this for 'doing the right thing'....its election year, pure and simple. Did they make C Hemsworth quarantine for 2 weeks in a hotel when he returned from overseas in the early covid days, same as the public. No, they're full of shit
Novak Djokovic visa saga LIVE: Djokovic to miss 2022 Australian Open after losing court caseThe world No.1 is back in the Federal Court this morning as part of his fight to remain in Australia and compete in another grand slam.
Great by by A very SAD day for Australia. I hope Novak can put this disgusting treatment behind him and carry on as the great sportsman that he is. Ashamed to be Australian in these times of the virus. And everyone who ousted him should be ashamed as well. Hawke demonstrates his steadfast belief in FABLES by inferring he knows what is best for Australia
Lost the Grand Slam by only two shots Djokovic, Before you come here, you should respect Australia. Australian being one of the highest vaccination country and Melbourne being the most lockdown City in the world. You are unvaccinated not following Covid restriction want to bend the rules just because you are No 1?
1000 NSW Health workers sacked or quit after refusing to be vaccinated if you not vaccinated you don't have a human rights Oh well…he shouldn’t have lied on his visa application Despite all the politicization around this, as people love to do, it was the legal and correct thing. The law has to apply to everyone equally. I wonder if he has ruined his career. It's been noted most other countries who hold tournaments won't allow him in unvaccinated.
This is so bad
Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia after federal court upholds visa cancellationCourt unanimously dismisses Serbian tennis player’s challenge after immigration minister argued his presence would stoke anti-vaccination sentiment Hurrah!! wasted out time. Let’s get back to tennis. He just find it appalling having to mask up even...
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Well done, judges. Good decision. In ROME, do as the Romans do. Vaccinate in order to play. No vaccine, go home. Stay home. Don't endanger other innocent people by setting a really bad example, especially for the children. Opinions are great but surely the Djokovic saga is beyond shameful. Regardless of your political affiliations this Govt,Vict Govt & Tennis Oz are a FKN disgrace.
Great news 👏 👍 and the right decision good It's not often I agree with JulianBurnside SatPaper australian GuardianAus abcnews SBSNews auspol Good. Throw him out. And also deport the fake illegal refos in detention. I just turned on ABC News to hear about Djokovic, a fire fighter lighting fires, covid, Netherlands, cricket ....... did I miss the bits about Tonga ...? Guess I will have to wait for SBS World news ...
georgeginis Honestly, it happens to him right. He did not abide by the rules and falsified documents, which is the just punishment for that. He's not worth being a champion. I think it's good that your government has remained tough and so have the judges. Best news ever The whole saga could have been avoided. I understand the visa application was lodged quite some time ago. He didn’t have covid then. How did he get covid on 16th December, could have press conference, photo shoot etc?
Novak Djokovic: Australia cancels tennis star’s visa ahead of Australian OpenImmigration minister Alex Hawke revokes Serbian tennis player’s visa Kudos to Australia; NO ONE should be above the law! This is message for Lew commissioner slaughter and for you court butcher. And all news ABC news share with your society abc news and 7news shere with your society and governments this is message videos Dear Lew commissioner vindictive government. their last damage to Australia interests before being booted out of power.
Game, set and match. Sad day for Australia. Sad day for tennis. My sympathy to his family, supporters and the good people of Serbia. 💛💛💛 Suffer in your Djoks mate I am on my way to the Melbourne CBD to see how the Lebos, Serbs and Greek far right protesting and rioting Let's hope that no one will will enter the stadium, with a specific reason, to cause vindictive mayhem. Don't take it out on players, please. Let's just talk about tennis now.
Good! About time Wonder what ‘spin’ the family will try and say in their press conference edengillespie 🎉
Novak Djokovic saga leaves Australian Open in tatters with draw in turmoil | Tumaini CarayolTennis Australia’s determination to host world No 1 backfires as visa limbo threatens to create a badly lopsided men’s tournament One person gets.a 1st round bye. Tatters? 1 player drops out - how can that lead to turmoil? Players drop out of tournaments all the time for injuries and other unexpected events. It’s been clear for days that Djokovic was likely to be deported.
Bahaha. Seeya In this world of inequity, I love seeing the privileged, arrogant Djokovic being turned away after being caught repeatedly lying & flaunting the COVID protocols that most of are adhering to for the common good. YES!! . GOOD !! DJOKOVIC GO HOME !! Does the Cancellation come with a 3 year ban?
PetraAu Bye Novax
Craig Kelly calls Novak Djokovic a ‘political prisoner’ at anti-vax rallyFormer Liberal MP Craig Kelly said the decision to cancel the world No.1 men’s tennis player’s visa brought shame onto Australia. _andrew Craig Kelly deserves no attention. _andrew I vote we keep Novak and deport Kelly _andrew Why is Craig Kelly’s opinion being taken seriously? He’s clueless.
Novak Djokovic visa: Australian minister Alex Hawke says risk of ‘civil unrest’ behind cancellationHawke says Djokovic ‘perceived by some as a talisman of a community of anti-vaccine sentiment’ Yes OMG Can’t they see the real cause/risk of civil unrest? Lol blame the people... the LNP are useless
Djokovic said he was"extremely disappointed" with the court's ruling but stressed he will"cooperate" with authorities in regards to his departure from Australia. The world number one men's tennis player Novak Djokovic continues to face visa issues as he prepares to defend his title at the Australian Open. Source: AAP Men’s tennis world number one Novak Djokovic has lost his bid against the federal government’s decision to cancel his visa for a second time. The case was heard on Sunday by a full three-judge bench of the Federal Court that included Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan. Chief Justice Allsop said the three judges had unanimously ruled to uphold the government's cancellation of Djokovic's visa. Chief Justice Allsop said it was not “part of the function of the court” to decide upon “the merits or wisdom” of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa. Read More He said the court “was not in a position to deliver reasons today” but further reasoning on the court’s decision will be published “at a later date.” The court also ordered that Djokovic pay the government’s legal costs for the hearing. The decision means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, is expected to remain in immigration detention in Melbourne until he is deported. Protestors and fans of Serbia's Novak Djokovic outside the Park Hotel. Source: AAP Djokovic issued a statement on Sunday night addressing the outcome of the hearing. He said while he was "extremely disappointed" with the ruling, he will "cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to his departure" from Australia. "I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," he said. "I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love. "I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament." Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. Source: AAP Minister Hawke welcomed the decision by the Federal Court to uphold Djokovic's visa cancellation in "the public interest". "Australia’s strong border protection policies have kept us safe during the pandemic, resulting in one of the lowest death rates, strongest economic recoveries, and highest vaccination rates in the world," he said in a statement on Sunday. "Strong border protection policies are also fundamental to safe-guarding Australia’s social cohesion which continues to strengthen despite the pandemic. "Australians have made great sacrifices to get to this point and the Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting this position, as the Australian people expect." ‘Anti-vaccine sentiment and civil unrest’ The 34-year-old first had his visa cancelled by the federal government on 6 January upon his arrival into Melbourne for failing “to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia”. The Federal Court on Monday quashed that decision, claiming it was unreasonable. Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Source: AP /Mark Baker Mr Hawke then used his powers of ministerial discretion to cancel the visa for a second time on Friday, with the decision upheld by the Federal Court on Sunday. The minister had claimed the presence of a "high profile" athlete like Djokovic, who is unvaccinated, could foster "anti-vaccine" sentiment and "civil unrest" in Australia. Representative for the government, Stephen Lloyd, argued during Sunday's court hearing that the minister was concerned that Djokovic’s presence in Australia would encourage others to “emulate his position”, putting the “health of Australia at risk". Mr Lloyd said there had already been unrest from supporters of Djokovic, particularly after the first decision to cancel his visa, and that support for the tennis star to stay in Australia could materialise into further disorder. “People use high-level athletes to promote ideas and causes all the time,” he said, noting that Djokovic has a “history” of ignoring public safety measures. The Serbian tennis star has previously admitted to attending an interview and photoshoot in the days after contracting the virus last month. "Even when he was infected and had received a positive test, he undertook an interview and a photo shoot, which included taking his mask off,” Mr Lloyd said. Read More 'An absolute shambles': Jacqui Lambie urges minister to make Djokovic decision Mr Lloyd said at this stage of the pandemic, it was open to infer that “Djokovic could have been vaccinated if he wanted to be". "Even before vaccines were available he was against it - his prima facie position was to be against them,” Mr Lloyd said. He also argued that while the tennis star made a public statement clarifying he was “no expert” and would keep an “open mind”, he had not retracted earlier comments in which he said he was "personally opposed" to vaccination. Djokovic’s lawyer, Nick Wood said it was "irrational" for the minister to consider that anti-vaccine sentiment could be sparked from Djokovic being allowed to stay in Australia, but not from Djokovic's visa cancellation and deportation. "The minister is grasping at straws," said Mr Wood, who claimed that the minister's only argument is that Djokovic’s presence will "galvanise" anti-vaxxers. Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic. Source: