Australian judges reveal WHY they deported Novak Djokovic arguing it was clear tennis superstar was REFUSING to get vaccinated and finding he COULD encourage anti-vax sentiment Down Under
- Federal Court has listed its reasons why Novak Djokovic was given the boot
- Tennis star had his visa cancelled over fears he would spark anit-vax sentiment
- The Serbian tennis star was deported on eve of the Australia Open tournament
The official reasons for why Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia have been published by the Federal Court, with judges siding with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on all grounds.
In a judgment handed down on Thursday, the full court found it was clearly open for Mr Hawke to find that Djokovic had refused to get vaccinated before entering Australia.
That’s even despite Djokovic’s claims he couldn’t get vaccinated before entering Australia as he had contracted Covid-19 on December 16.
The official reasons for why Novak Djokovic (pictured at Melbourne Airport after the ruling) was deported from Australia have been published by the Federal Court, with judges siding with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on all grounds
In a judgment handed down on Thursday, the full court found it was clearly open for Mr Hawke to find that Djokovic (pictured with wife, Jelena) had refused to get vaccinated before entering Australia
The judges ran through several examples of Djokovic speaking about not wanting to get vaccinated over the years, before concluding: ‘It was plainly open to the Minister to infer that Mr Djokovic had chosen not to be vaccinated because he was opposed to vaccination or did not wish to be vaccinated.’
The court also found Minister Alex Hawke was right to be concerned that Djokovic’s position on vaccines could encourage anti-vaccine sentiment in Australia.
Djokovic’s presence in Australia ‘may encourage rallies and protests that may lead to heightened community transmission’, the judges said.
The world No. 1 tennis star was deported from Melbourne on Sunday night after the an almost two-week long ordeal.
He has since returned to Belgrade and there are reports he may be considering suing the Australian Government for his treatment.
Judges said Djokovic’s (pictured after winning the Australian Open) presence in Australia ‘may encourage rallies and protests that may lead to heightened community transmission’
The Serbian tennis player was detained at the Park hotel in Melbourne for several days before being deported (pictured leaving the hotel)
Lawyers for the Serbian star argued it was ‘illogical, irrational and unreasonable’ for the Immigration Minister to base the cancelation of Djokovic’s visa on statements he had made in 2020.
The 34-year-old on Facebook wrote he ‘wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine’ to travel or compete in tournaments.
He added that he was ‘curious about wellbeing and how we can empower our metabolism to be in the best shape to defend against imposters like Covid-19’.
Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan, concluded it was not ‘irrational’ for the Minister to be concerned as Djokovic had asserted support of some anti-vaccination groups.
They stated Djokovic’s apparent position on vaccination may ‘encourage rallies and protests that may lead to heightened community transmission.’