The Australian Government has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying the world tennis No. 1, who is unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community. The following story is drawn from reporting in the Telegraph.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to again cancel Djokovic’s visa. Here is his statement in full:
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.
This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on Jan 10th, 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.
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 interest in increasingly challenging operational environments.