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May 19, 2022
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has confirmed that the visa of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has been cancelled.
Following a federal court’s decision to overturn the original decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa, the government indicated it would consider using ministerial discretion to deport the Serbian tennis star.
Following days of deliberation, Mr Hawke finally announced his decision under Migration Act which gives the minister full discretion to deport a person. Mr Hawke said the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa was made on the grounds of “health and good order” as well as on the basis of the “public interest”.
“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 “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.”
Prior to this announcement, lawyers for Novak Djokovic confirmed they would immediately appeal the decision. Tennis Australia temporarily delayed the official draw in anticipation of an announcement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday but went ahead shortly after originally scheduled when no decision was made.
Without any update on Djokovic’s visa, the world No. 1 entered the draw as the top seed and was set to face fellow Serbian, world No. 78 Miomir Kecmanović.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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