Djokovic case exposes ‘dysfunctional and dangerous’ Australian visa rules, experts say

Djokovic case exposes ‘dysfunctional and dangerous’ Australian visa rules, experts say

1/17/2022 7:47:00 AM

Djokovic case exposes ‘dysfunctional and dangerous’ Australian visa rules, experts say

Migration law experts say tennis no 1’s visa cancellation sets a precedent that could see more deportations on political grounds

“Deportation of a person because of a purported risk as to how others might perceive them and then act sets a terrible precedent,” Michael Stanton, the president of Liberty Victoria said.“It can and will be used in the future to justify the suppression of legitimate political expression because others might engage in unrest.”

“One danger of largely unfettered discretions, or ‘God powers’, is that decision making just becomes political and populist … eroding the integrity of the executive and the rule of law.”Liberty Victoria said thousands of visa cancellations had been summarily made since the Migration Act was amended in 2014, but are often legally defective, and carry severe consequences for those affected, including separation from family, indefinite detention and even forcible return to harm.

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The take by the experts is interesting. This is what ordinary people, including migrants and refugees, have been going through for years! Not experts but vested interests. Bye, Novaxx Djocovid “Djokovic case exposes ‘dysfunctional and dangerous’ tennis player, experts say” - fixed it for you Rules are there to set the boundaries a person can take, if one is let down by what the system expects than he or she should have read what was expected of them in the first place! This just goes to show the inequalities that prevail within society.

It further exposes a dysfunctional and dangerous Prime Minister That’s a positive that comes out of this case. Immigrations around the world need to be reviewed. No Bye bye DjoCovid! No-vax Djocovid. 'Political and populist'?!!! Anyone who believes this should just go away! When Australians are urged to respect the rules and they do, why should anyone who wants to come in be allowed to just walk all over these rules?

Border Force investigators are also concerned about the false information he provided on his travel entry form, which incorrectly told Border Force he had not travelled in the past 14 days despite visiting Spain. public health is not political. For the 38,233rd time. Interesting... Australian visa rules weren't ‘dysfunctional and dangerous’ before a spoiled, famous, lying, cowardly brat was subjected to them...

It also exposed the fedcourtau as a KangarooCourt Actually, I think the case exposes “elitist entitlement.” And, it exposes the fealty of “experts” to celebrity. Experts? The Apartheid Open TheApartheidOpen Have you ever heard of Japan's immigration rules, especially if last 2 years? Foreign Families, students and workers have been irrationally banned for 2 years while Japan takes our money and makes a fool out of us. Why not report on that too? It's part of OECD and G7 too.

Ha. Some experts! Yawn.

F u. Get vaxxed BS - this is all on Djokovic We don’t care and are tired hearing about Novak, and are glad karma caught up to his a$$! Djocovid* How do Big Pharma influence doctors and politicians? And who owns the largest pharma companies? Djokovic exposes that he’s a liar… Me too

Read more “Deportation of a person because of a purported risk as to how others might perceive them and then act sets a terrible precedent,” Michael Stanton, the president of Liberty Victoria said. “It can and will be used in the future to justify the suppression of legitimate political expression because others might engage in unrest.” “One danger of largely unfettered discretions, or ‘God powers’, is that decision making just becomes political and populist … eroding the integrity of the executive and the rule of law.” Liberty Victoria said thousands of visa cancellations had been summarily made since the Migration Act was amended in 2014, but are often legally defective, and carry severe consequences for those affected, including separation from family, indefinite detention and even forcible return to harm. The organisation said Djokovic was an exceptional case: the world’s number one tennis player had significant institutional support, the resources to mount a strong legal defence, and massive media attention on his case. “Because of the regime’s complexity, the timeframes, a lack of support and advice, and a lack of access to review, we cannot know how many people have been subject to unlawful decisions that they could not challenge. Even when people are able to challenge a decision, there is a clear inequality of arms given the vast resources of the commonwealth.” Greg Barns SC, spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance, said the government had established, for itself, a “very low bar” for excluding a person from Australia, “troubling in a society supposedly committed to freedom of speech and freedom of thought”. Read more “The federal government’s attitude could see other high-profile visitors to Australia refused entry in an attempt to suppress alternate views. If, for example, a high-profile visitor to Australia expressed negative views about the Australia-US alliance, would the government ban this person because this view may encourage people to protest at Pine Gap? “This government’s obsession with harsh border policies combined with its arbitrary approach to visa cancellation and detention has created a debacle this week but, more importantly, risks setting a very dangerous precedent.” The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, cancelled Djokovic’s visa, arguing that his previously held views expressing scepticism about Covid-19 vaccines could incite “civil unrest”, encouraging others to eschew vaccination or protest publicly. In rejecting Djokovic’s appeal against the cancellation, the full bench of the federal court expressly said its decision did not reflect “the merits or wisdom of the decision” but only whether it was so irrational as to be unlawful. “Our concern is the federal government’s view that it did not have to prove that Mr Djokovic would foster views about vaccination that are contrary to the government, but simply that he may foster those sentiments,” Barns said. “This is a very low bar for excluding a person from Australia particularly in circumstances where the power to review or appeal the decision is so limited.” Djokovic, the defending Australian Open champion, cannot compete at this year’s event: it started Monday morning without him. But he might never play in the tournament – which he has won a record nine times – again. Because his visa was ultimately personally cancelled by the minister under section