Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa is again canceled in a new attempt to deport him

Novak Djokovic risks being deported from Australia after the country canceled his visa for the second time.

The country’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old’s visa in the public interest on Friday, three days before the Australian Open is due to begin.

Hawke said: “Today, I have exercised my power under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa which Mr Novak Djokovic was in possession of on grounds of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so.

“This decision followed rulings of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of January 10, 2022, which annulled a prior annulment decision for procedural reasonableness.

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“When I made this decision, I carefully considered the 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.”

This is the second time Djokovic’s visa has been canceled since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title in Melbourne.

His exemption from a Covid-19 vaccination requirement to compete was approved by the Victoria State Government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. It apparently allowed him to receive a visa to travel.

But the Australian border force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa on arrival in Melbourne. He spent four nights in hotel jail before a judge on Monday overturned that decision.

Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the decision in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they successfully did after the initial annulment.

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