Novak Djokovic set to be deported from Australia after court uphold visa cancellation
Djokovic now faces a three-year ban from Australia after his fate was confirmed 24 hours before he was due to begin his Australian Open title defence
A statement from the Serbian read: “I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this. I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the
Australian Open.“I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. 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.Read more: The Independent »
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At least rule breaking actually gets upheld somewhere Good for Oz . Good riddance to a poisonous individual This tournament is officially irrelevant. All colonized counties are disgusting or just Australia? Every day there is a new GeorgeFloyd in Palestine before his deportation vaccinate him😃
Australia live news update: Novak Djokovic fights to overturn visa cancellation in federal courtSerbian tennis star’s challenge to immigration minister Alex Hawke’s decision to deport him will be heard by the federal court at 9.30am AEDT. Follow all the day’s news here
Djokovic to be booted out of Australia after failing to overturn visa cancellationNovak Djokovic has failed in his bid to stay in Australia and compete after judges threw out his appeal against his visa's cancellation. Great news! 👍🏾
Australia CANCELS Novak Djokovic's visa for the second timeThe country's immigration minister announced the cancellation on Friday. Officials said Djokovic, who is unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community. Not Aussies. Pm, we dont get a vote. Ever.
Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second timeTennis star Novak Djokovic has had his Australian visa cancelled by immigration minister Alex Hawke “on health and good order grounds”, three days before the start of the grand slam in Melbourne. Visa canceled twice and he is still here. How does that work? He should have been pissed off the first time Serbia is taking counter-measures and cancels the visa for all Kangarooh in Serbian zoos.
Novak Djokovic launches last-ditch appeal to stay in AustraliaNovak Djokovic is taking urgent legal action against the Australian Government after he had his visa cancelled for a second time, setting the stage for him to be deported. So he choses not to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy. Good for him. His body, his choice We live in a simulation. The dudes name is Novaxx
Novak Djokovic awaits Australia visa ruling after lawyers debate his vaccination viewsFederal court expected to rule on Serbian tennis player’s appeal against his visa cancellation later on Sunday Now he wears a mask 🙄 Both Mill and Kant would have chastised Djokovic Talk about beating a dead horse. Just send Precious home and let's move on.
Novak Djokovic news LIVE: Tennis star faces deportation after losing appeal A statement from the Serbian read: “I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this. I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open . “I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. 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. “Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength to me.” Hawke’s decision on Friday was unexpectedly based not on the validity or otherwise of Djokovic’s exemption from Covid-19 vaccination, which was the reason for the initial cancellation, but on the notion his presence in the country could stoke anti-vaccination sentiment, making him a danger to public health, as well as civil unrest. To succeed in an appeal, Djokovic’s legal team had to prove that Hawke had either acted outside his powers or that his decision was irrational, and Chief Justice Allsop made a point of stressing the judges were not able to assess the merits of the case. Nick Wood, acting for the Serbian, focused on three aspects – that there was no evidence his presence would stoke anti-vaccination sentiment, that evidence was also lacking for the idea Djokovic opposes vaccination and that Hawke had not considered whether deporting the nine-time Australian Open champion would lead to increased support for the anti-vaccination cause. Wood said: “Not a single line of evidence in the material provided any specific or logical foundation whatsoever that the mere presence of Mr Djokovic in Australia in itself may somehow foster anti-vaccination sentiment.” Djokovic created global headlines early in the pandemic for being quoted as saying he was “opposed to vaccination”, although he later clarified that he was against being forced to take a vaccine to travel to tournaments and would keep an open mind on the issue. Wood criticised Hawke for not referencing that clarification, while he argued the response to the overturning of the initial visa cancellation, which included police pepper spraying Djokovic supporters on the street, demonstrated that deporting him could have a negative impact on public health and public order rather than the other way around. “The clearest and most attractive window through which to view the error is the public interest lens,” he said. “It is irrational or unreasonable to look at only one side of the coin.” Hawke’s lawyer Stephen Lloyd spent a considerable amount of time countering that argument. “The minister was aware his decision to cancel would result in some level of further unrest but the minister was principally concerned that Mr Djokovic’s presence would encourage people to emulate his position and that would put the health of Australians at risk,” said Lloyd. On the issue of whether it was fair to present Djokovic as taking an anti-vaccination stance, Lloyd said: “His ongoing non-vaccination status is open to infer that a person in the applicant’s position 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.” He made reference to anti-vaccination groups “treating the applicant as a hero” as he moved on to Hawke’s central claim of Djokovic’s presence having the potential to negatively impact public health. Recommended