The reasons why Djokovic’s visa was canceled for the second time

In a document filed with the court on Saturday, Djokovic’s lawyer claims that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel the visa on Friday was “illogical, irrational and unreasonable”.

Meanwhile, part of Hawke’s argument will be that Djokovic’s presence in Australia “can fuel anti-vaccination sentiment” and undermines the country’s vaccination policies.
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by djokovic lawyer intends to argue that the minister did not consider what the chances were that expelling the Serb from Australia could inflame anti-vaccination sentiment in the same way that the minister claimed might happen if he were allowed to remain in the country.

Hawke said Djokovic was “perceived by some as a talisman for a community of anti-vaccine sentiments.”

But Djokovic’s lawyer says the claim is based only on “a few lines of text he said about two years ago.”

Hawke referred to a comment in April 2020 “long before COVID vaccines were available” when Djokovic said he was “opposed to vaccination”, and another incident in which the Serb had “previously stated that he would not want someone force you to take a vaccine” to travel or compete in tournaments.

Later, Djokovic’s lawyer said that the minister did not consider that expelling the athlete “on the basis of a few lines of text that he said about two years ago could also encourage anti-vaccine sentiment”.

Djokovic’s lawyer also reiterated that the athlete had “negligible risk” of infection to others, had a medical reason not to be vaccinated, entered Australia with substantial documentation, “did not attempt to break any Australian law, was in good standing and was known to “. for his philanthropic efforts.

The minister’s written reasons state that he believes “Mr Djokovic’s presence in Australia may pose a health risk to the Australian community, as his presence in Australia may fuel anti-vaccine sentiment.”

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. (Nine)

The minister has said this could specifically lead to:

  • “There is a surge in anti-vaccination sentiment building in the Australian community, leading to others refusing to be vaccinated or refusing a booster shot.”
  • “A reinforcement of the views of a minority in the Australian community that remains unvaccinated against COVID-19.”
  • “People who decide not to get a booster shot.”
  • “Unvaccinated people get very sick and/or spread it to others.”
  • “Increasing pressure on the Australian health system”.

In his reasoning, Hawke also said that he considered Djokovic to have shown “an apparent disregard for the need to isolate himself after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.”

The minister has made reference to the fact that Djokovic attended an interview and photo session with the French magazine The team on December 18 despite knowingly testing positive for COVID-19.

“Given Mr. Djokovic’s high-profile status and position as a role model in the sporting and wider community, his continued presence in Australia may foster a similar disregard for precautionary requirements following receiving a positive break from COVID- 19 in Australia.”

It has been further said that Djokovic’s presence in Australia could lead to increased anti-vaccine sentiment in the country, “which could lead to increased civil unrest of the kind previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests”.

On the issue of Djokovic falsely stating on his Australian travel declaration form that he had not traveled in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia, the minister said that one of Djokovic’s agents provided a legal statement saying that the incorrect information was your fault.

The minister said he has assumed the statement to be true.

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Djokovic’s lawyers will fight these points before the Federal Circuit Court beginning at 9:30 am tomorrow, with the hearing expected to wrap up tomorrow night, before the Australian Open which begins on Monday.

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