Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic to be deported after visa saga

After a rollercoaster ride relating to 9-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic having his visa permitted and revoked several instances as courts debated his standing as unvaccinated however recovered from a Covid-19 infection, the tennis star will now be deported from Australia.
Novak misplaced a court docket attraction to try to reverse the cancellation of his visa when three judges upheld the decision. He had the option to enchantment again however half an hour after the choice was made, he introduced he was finished preventing and would settle for a verdict he known as extremely disappointing.
“I am extraordinarily disenchanted with the Court ruling to dismiss my utility for judicial evaluation of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which implies I can not keep in Australia and take part within the Australian Open,” he mentioned. “I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.”
He will now fly house, the place Serbia’s president had personally spoken to Novak to welcome him anytime and advised the Australian government’s mistreatment of Novak was politically motivated, and take time to relaxation out of the spotlight. Speaking to reporters in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said the country’s beloved tennis star was “harassed… however not humiliated.”
“I think the court decision is scandalous,” Brnabić mentioned. “I find it unbelievable that we now have two utterly contradictory court decisions throughout the span of only a few days.”
The judges are set to release a full assertion on the ruling that they said was in the interest of public security. Citing not simply a regular Covid-19 infection risk, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated the incident may trigger civil unrest by spotlighting and fueling anti-vaccination sentiment as Australia struggles with the Omicron variant like the remainder of the world.
In court paperwork, the minister defined that although Djokovic was a “negligible risk” to others due to current an infection, he was nonetheless “a person of affect and status” regarded by some as “talisman” for the anti-vaccine community.
“I contemplate that Mr Djokovic’s ongoing presence in Australia could result in an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment generated in the Australian group, doubtlessly leading to an increase in civil unrest of the kind previously skilled in Australia with rallies and protests which may themselves be a source of neighborhood transmission,” Hawke mentioned.
“I consider that his ongoing presence in Australia may encourage different people to ignore or act inconsistently with public well being recommendation and insurance policies in Australia.”
Meanwhile, Novak may face a 3-year ban from Australia and has been ordered to pay the government’s courtroom costs. He will miss the Australian Open which begins tomorrow, a loss for the game based on British tennis star Andy Murray who mentioned that the whole debacle was last minute and sloppy and calls for better preparation for future occasions.
Be the first had originally detained the tennis star after his flight from Dubai arrived in Melbourne late Wednesday last week. Novak confronted the risk of deportation when Australian immigration officers determined he had an invalid medical exemption for Covid-19 vaccination and revoked his visa. He was held in an immigration detention facility till the decide ruled in his favour on Monday and Novak was released and rejoined his staff.
The authorities then wrestled over the primary points of his case, together with an error in his travel declaration form, on which a field was checked stating he had not travelled to any other country in the 14 days previous to his arrival. In fact, Novak had travelled from Belgrade, Serbia, to Marbella, Spain, on December 31 to train at Soto Tennis Academy.
Meanwhile, the world’s number one tennis participant is dealing with vital scrutiny on-line about his whereabouts after testing positive for Covid-19 after a PCR check on December 16 and nonetheless doing an interview and photoshoot with a French publication the subsequent day and a tennis occasion in Belgrade the subsequent day. Novak took to Twitter to attempt to clear his name about Covid-19 and the visa state of affairs.
But the Immigration Minister then exercised his energy to personally re-cancel the Serbian player’s visa on the grounds of well being and good order, a call Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who had beforehand been important of Novak’s case, supported in a response statement posted on his government webpage Friday evening.
“I welcome the choice to maintain our borders strong and maintain Australians secure,” Morrison said. “As I said on Friday, Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, they usually rightly count on the results of these sacrifices to be protected.”
Read Djokovic’s full assertion under:
I would like to make a brief assertion to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing. I will now be taking a while to rest and to recuperate, earlier than making any additional feedback beyond this.
I am extraordinarily disenchanted with the Court ruling to dismiss my utility for judicial evaluate of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I can’t keep in Australia and take part 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 main focus of the previous weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now give consideration to the game and event I love. I would like to wish the gamers, match officers, staff, volunteers and followers all the best for the event.
Finally, I want to thank my household, pals, team, supporters, followers and my fellow Serbians in your continued help. You have all been a fantastic supply of power to me.
Read the full assertion by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke:
I welcome today’s unanimous determination by the Full Federal Court of Australia, upholding my decision to exercise my power under the Migration Act to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa within the public interest.
Australia’s robust border safety insurance policies have saved us protected through the pandemic, leading to one of the lowest demise rates, strongest economic recoveries, and highest vaccination rates in the world. Strong border protection policies are additionally elementary to safe-guarding Australia’s social cohesion which continues to strengthen regardless of the pandemic.
Australians have made nice sacrifices to get to this point and the Morrison Government is firmly committed to defending this position, because the Australian individuals anticipate.
To date round forty three million vaccination doses have been administered in Australia and greater than ninety one.6% of Australians aged 16 years and over are fully vaccinated.
Accordingly, Australia has been able to commence a step-by-step, safe reopening of its worldwide border because of this profitable vaccination program.
Read the complete statement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison:
The Full Federal Court of Australia unanimously determined to dismiss Mr Novak Djokovic’s application for judicial review which sought to problem the Minister for Immigration’s decision to cancel his visa.
This cancellation choice was made on well being, security and good order grounds, on the idea that it was in the public interest to do so. I welcome the decision to keep our borders sturdy and maintain Australians protected.
As I mentioned on Friday, Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.
Over the pandemic, together we’ve achieved one of many lowest demise rates, strongest economies and highest vaccination charges, on the planet. Strong borders are elementary to the Australian way of life as is the rule of law.
Our Government has at all times understood this and has been ready to take the choices and actions needed to protect the integrity of our borders.
I thank the Court for his or her immediate consideration to these points and the patience of all concerned as we’ve labored to resolve this problem. It’s now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer season..

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