Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said he is revoking Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time.
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.“
Djokovic arrived in Melbourne and promptly had his visa canceled for entering without a valid exemption for Australia’s vaccination requirement for all arrivals — but a judge ruled Monday he should be allowed to stay.
Djokovic said he knew of his COVID test result on December 16. On December 17, the Belgrade Tennis Association‘s Facebook page posted various photos of Djokovic posing with a group of young people at a tennis awards ceremony.
Court documents detailing Djokovic’s positive test also sparked speculation over his attendance at events in his native Serbia last month.
The immigration minister has broad powers to cancel visas —and if the visa is successfully revoked, barring an appeal, Djokovic could be deported and banned from Australia for up to three years.
If only there was a simple solution to all this, I don’t know LIKE STFU & GET VAXED!
BREAKING: Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time. Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancelation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court. https://t.co/3VNngfCpZ0— The Associated Press (@AP) January 14, 2022
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