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Federal Court: Novak Djokovic to be deported

Novak Djokovic to be deported – Federal Court

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Federal Court: Novak Djokovic to be deported – migrant services and multicultural affairs

Novak Djokovic set to be deported from Australia after losing a last-ditch court bid to stay in the country.

Judges rejected the tennis star’s appeal after the government cancelled the unvaccinated player’s visa on public health grounds.

The decision ended player’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title and winning a record 21st Grand Slam.

Djokovic said: “extremely disappointed” but respected the ruling.  Judgement made on the eve of his first match.

The proceedings commenced at 9:30 AEDT on Sunday 16 January 2022.  They were before Chief Justice Allsop, Justice Besanko and Justice O’Callaghan of the Federal Court of Australia.

Novak Djokovic challenged the Australian government’s decision to revoke his visa on public health grounds.

The world’s number one men’s tennis player faced deportation.  Also a three-year ban on obtaining a new visa if loses the appeal.

Djokovic has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 required for foreigners entering Australia.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa on Friday.  He said the player’s presence in the country risked fanning anti-vax sentiment.

What are your thoughts on this?  Is it right he has had his visa revoked?  Is it right that he be deported?  Was it the right decision?  Would it be better if he played in the Australian Open?  He is the world’s champion!  Djokovic flies out of Melbourne pm time 16 January


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