After his visa was cancelled for the second time, Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia.
Three days before the Australian Open, the country’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old’s visa on public interest grounds.
“Today, I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said.
“On January 10, 2022, the Federal Circuit and the Family Court issued orders quashing a prior cancellation decision based on procedural fairness grounds.
“I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force, and Mr. Djokovic before making this decision.”
“The Morrison government is committed to safeguarding Australia’s borders, particularly in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Morrison.