Novak Djokovic's Visa Revoked Again by Australian Government amid Vaccination Dispute

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The travel visa of Novak Djokovic was revoked for a second time on Friday, just four days before the start of the Australian Open.

The minister for immigration, citizenship, migrant services and multicultural affairs announced the decision in a statement.

I used 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.

The Federal Circuit and Family Court quashed a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds. The Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr. Djokovic gave me information that I carefully considered before making this decision.

The Morrison Government is committed to protecting Australia's borders. The officers of the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force work hard to serve Australia's interests in increasingly challenging environments.

The immigration officials in Australia will have a discussion with the lawyers of Novak Djokovic on Saturday morning, according to a report.

Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, first announced last week that a visa had been canceled for the Serbian star.

Scott Morrison is a Member of Parliament.
The visa of Mr. Djokovic has been canceled. When it comes to our borders, rules are rules. No one is above the rules. Australia has one of the lowest death rates in the world due to its strong border policies.

According to John Pye and Rod McGuirk of the Associated Press, Morrison applauded the latest decision by Hawke, saying the country's strict COVID-19 requirements shouldn't be pushed aside.

"This has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods." Australians have made a lot of sacrifice during the Pandemic, and they expect the result to be protected. The Minister is taking this action today.

Kian Bone, an Australian immigration lawyer, told the AP that the legal team for Novak Djokovic is running out of options to stop the deportation before the tournament begins.

"If you left it any later than he has done now, he's really hurting the legal team's chances of getting any sort of remedies," Bone said.

The three-time defending champion is a nine-time Australian Open winner. His 20 overall Grand Slam titles are tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the all-time men's record, with Nadal also in the field for the season's first major. He is out by injury.

The Australian Open moved forward with the draw and put the top seed in Novak Djokovic. If he's cleared to play, he's scheduled to face a countryman in the first round.

The tournament will start Monday morning at the park.