At this moment, Novak Djokovic is in the Australian Open draw, but for how much longer?
Less than an hour ago at 6pm local time in Melbourne, Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke cancelled the world No. 1’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,” he posted in a statement.
“This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 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 interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”
Djokovic’s lawyers were already reportedly preparing for the move, so another appeal is likely. Otherwise, Djokovic will be detained and deported, and could face up to a three-year ban from entering Australia.
The decision comes just over 24 hours after Djokovic was placed in the draw.
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