Australian Lawyers' Alliance weighs in on Novak Djokovic controversy



by   |  VIEW 14031

Australian Lawyers' Alliance weighs in on Novak Djokovic controversy

The Australian Lawyers' Alliance spoke about the Novak Djokovic situation and the federal government's decision to cancel the visa of the world No. 1. Djokovic refused to get vaccinated but flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

Djokovic had his visa cancelled upon his arrival to Australia but it was reinstated after he won his appeal in court. On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to revoke the visa of Djokovic. After the announcement was made, the federal government suggested that allowing Djokovic to stay while he is unvaccinated would send a wrong message to the society.

"One of the most dangerous aspects of the Djokovic matter is the preparedness of the federal government to deem someone to be a risk to public order simply on the basis of what it perceives that person’s views might be," the Australian Lawyers' Alliance said, per Sasa Ozmo.

"This is Orwellian and it is deeply troubling in a society supposedly committed to freedom of speech and freedom of thought."

Djokovic had his visa cancelled for a second time

On Friday, Immigration Minister Hawke announced the decision everyone was waiting for. “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," Hawke said in a statement on Friday.

"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 For.

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 Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia's interests in increasingly challenging operational environments."