Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Novak Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled once more. Here is what occurs now


Djokovic lawyer Paul Holdensen requested a full court docket of three judges, moderately than a single decide, hear the enchantment on Sunday.

Authorities lawyer Stephen Lloyd stated the federal government was against a full court docket referral. He additionally requested a dwell transcript of Sunday’s listening to. 

If it goes straight to the three judges, the choice can’t be later appealed to the complete bench.

A call on what number of judges are current on Sunday is predicted in a while Saturday.

As a part of a court docket order made by Federal Circuit Court docket Decide Anthony Kelly on Friday, Djokovic attended a gathering with immigration officers on Saturday morning.

9 Information revealed images of Djokovic returning to immigration detention at Carlton’s Park Resort simply after 3.30pm on Saturday.

There are at present 32 asylum seekers and refugees detained at Park Resort.

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Lots of the males on the facility have been in Australia’s immigration system for almost a decade and haven’t been allowed to depart detention centres throughout authorized battles.

A fireplace broke out on the facility in current weeks and detainees have reported being given meals with maggots and mold to eat.  It is also been the positioning of a COVID-19 outbreak, the place half of the detainees and round 20 employees grew to become contaminated.

‘Djokovic’s presence might result in extra anti-vax sentiment’

Djokovic, who’s unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, arrived within the nation final Thursday for the Australian Open, when he was detained by border officers and had his visa cancelled.

Australia’s pandemic response has included an insistence a visa holder should be double-vaccinated or present acceptable proof they can’t be vaccinated to enter quarantine-free.

Whereas the primary cancellation was later overturned by a federal court docket on equity grounds, Djokovic was confronted with uncertainty over his future within the Australian Open with the potential of a second visa cancellation from the immigration minister.

Novak Djokovic practices on Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, January 13, 2022.Novak Djokovic practices on Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, January 13, 2022.

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In court docket paperwork uploaded on-line on Saturday, it was revealed Mr Hawke cancelled Djokovic’s visa for the second time as he believed the tennis star’s presence in Australia might “foster anti-vaccination sentiment” and “civil unrest”.

“I contemplate that Mr Djokovic’s ongoing presence in Australia might result in a rise in anti-vaccination sentiment generated within the Australian neighborhood, doubtlessly resulting in a rise in civil unrest of the type beforehand skilled in Australia with rallies and protests which can themselves be a supply of neighborhood transmission,” he stated. 

Mr Hawke additionally stated permitting Djokovic to remain in Australia may result in “different unvaccinated individuals refusing to grow to be vaccinated” or scale back Australia’s uptake of COVID-19 booster jabs.

“I’m involved that his presence in Australia, given his well-known stance on vaccination, creates a threat of strengthening the anti-vaccination sentiment of a minority of the Australian neighborhood,” he stated.

Mr Hawke additionally famous Djokovic’s “obvious disregard” for the necessity to isolate after testing constructive. The Serbian has admitted to attending an interview and photoshoot within the days after contracting the virus final month.

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Djokovic’s attorneys, nonetheless, stated the minister was “patently irrational” in not contemplating that kicking the tennis star in a foreign country would additionally excite the identical anti-vaccination sentiments.

In addition they stated Mr Hawke “cited no proof” to help the concept Djokovic’s presence in Australia may foster anti-vaccination sentiment, and that it “was not open to the Minister to make that discovering”.

Djokovic’s attorneys filed an amended software on Saturday afternoon, including one other floor for dismissal.

The amended software flagged Djokovic’s attorneys may even argue it was not open to the Minister to make findings that Djokovic had a “well-known stance on vaccination”.

They stated the minister’s discovering was based mostly on statements made by Mr Djokovic in 2020 and he didn’t search Djokovic’s present views on vaccination.

The Australian Open begins on Monday, with Djokovic seeking to safe his tenth title on the occasion.

Djokovic was named within the draw on Thursday, the place he’s slated to face Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

With AAP.



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