MELBOURNE: The Australian government cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time on Friday, saying the unvaccinated world tennis number one could pose a risk to the community.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretion to cancel Djokovic’s visa again after a court reversed an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention.
“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.
Djokovic’s plight has been closely watched around the world, creating political tensions between Belgrade and Canberra and sparking a heated debate over the nation’s vaccination mandate.
Djokovic, 34, had been held in an immigration detention hotel alongside long-term asylum seeker detainees since Thursday. He was at his lawyers’ chambers on Monday to hear the ruling, which included the government being ordered to pay his costs.