The main reasons immigration minister ruled Novak Djokovic a ‘risk to health and good order’ are revealed in court documents, along with the tennis star’s plans to fight deportation in the latest showdown
The main reasons behind Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation have been revealed with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke saying his presence in Australia could “promote anti-vaccination sentiment”.
The world No. 1 was detained by Border Force on Saturday morning after an interview at an undisclosed location, before his lawyers began his lawsuit to challenge his deportation.
His case will be heard again at 9.30am on Sunday morning and has been moved to the Federal Court of Australia.
Mr Hawke announced on Friday that he had revoked the Serbian tennis star’s visa for the second time, citing a long list of reasons, including that Djokovic showed an “apparent disregard” for isolating after a positive test result.
“I believe that Mr Djokovic’s continued presence in Australia could lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment being generated in the Australian community, potentially leading to an increase in civil unrest as previously experienced in Australia.” with demonstrations and protests that are themselves a source of community transmission,” said Mr Hawke, as court documents show.
He added that Djokovic’s stance on vaccinations could lead to others refusing to be stung, and strengthen the beliefs of the non-vaxxeds.
Mr Hawke also referred to an interview the tennis star had with a French publication two days after he tested positive for Covid. Djokovic spoke about the matter earlier, saying it was an “error of judgment”.
“Given Mr Djokovic’s prominent status and position as a role model in the sporting and wider community, his continued presence in Australia could fuel a similar disregard for precautionary requirements after receiving a positive COVID-19 test in Australia,” said the immigration minister. .
Djokovic also posed a “risk to the good order of the Australian community,” Mr Hawke said.
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