Tennis star Novak Djokovic was not sent out of Australia because he represented a risk of infection, but because the authorities feared that he would give the vaccine opponents wind in their sails.
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It appears from the reasoning of the federal court, which was published today in early Norwegian time.
The medical advice of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was that an unvaccinated Djokovic did not represent a risk to public health. It was actually described as “very low” by the Ministry of Health.
But the immigration minister chose to use a different legal basis. The law states that a visa can be revoked if its presence could be a risk to the health, safety or good order of Australian society. The last point was emphasized.
The immigration minister made the decision to revoke the world number one’s visa for fear that his presence in Australia would arouse anti-vaccination sentiment.
– Although I assume and accept that Novak Djokovic does not represent any risk of infecting others with covid, I still consider his presence a risk to the health of Australian society, Hawke has explained.
The fear of the authorities – and as the court has accepted – was that unvaccinated Djokovic would affect other unvaccinated, that they would become stronger in their vaccine resistance and that more people would opt out of the booster vaccine.
The court has emphasized the minister’s reasoning that Djokovic is a high-profile person with a position as a role model for many and states that there is an opening in the Migration Act to cancel a visa «if a minister is convinced that it will be in the public domain interest to cancel the visa. “
And so it was. Novak Djokovic was not allowed to participate in the Australian Open and was sent out of the country after his visa was revoked.
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