Vaccination dispute – Australia cancels tennis star Djokovic’s visa

In the vaccination dispute over tennis star Novak Djokovic, the Australian government has again canceled the Serb’s entry visa. The Australian Department of Immigration said on Friday. Djokovic can appeal the decision in court. The 20-time Grand Slam tournament winner is threatened with expulsion again.

A first-time visa withdrawal was declared invalid by an Australian court last Monday. Four days later, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his right of veto and again banned the Serb from entering the country. “Today I exercised my right to invalidate Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa,” Hawke said in a statement, “on the basis that it is in the public interest to do so.” He did not make the decision easy for himself and carefully checked all the documents presented to him by the immigration authorities, the Australian border guards and Mr Djokovic.

Visa revocation justified with reference to the Migration Act

In the Djokovic case, Hawke based his decision to withdraw his visa on the country’s Migration Act. Under the 1958 directive, the Secretary of State for Immigration can cancel a visa if a person poses a risk, such as a health hazard, to the Australian population. The authority to cancel is anchored in Section 133C (3) of the Migration Act.

According to the law, tennis professional Djokovic can now no longer apply for a visa for Australia “except under certain circumstances” for three years. “Certain circumstances include compelling circumstances affecting the interests of Australia or imperative circumstances affecting the interests of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen,” the Department said.

It is expected that Novak Djokovic will also take legal action on the second visa withdrawal. (apa / reuters / sda)

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