Full statement from Immigration Minister on cancelling Novak Djokovic’s visa

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ‘discretionary powers’ to abolish the world’s No. 1 tennis Novak Djokovic Visa.

In a statement issued this evening, Hook said he had canceled Mr Djokovic’s visa on grounds of “health and good order”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also issued a statement saying the decision was made in the context of the sacrifices Australians have made during the pandemic, and “they rightly expect to protect the outcome of those sacrifices.”

Read the full data below.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke

Today I have exercised my power under Section 133c(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on grounds of health and order, on the grounds that it is in the public interest to do so.

This decision followed orders from the Federal Circuit and the Family Court on January 10, 2022, to overturn the previous annulment decision on grounds of procedural fairness.

In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr. Djokovic.

The Morrison government is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I thank the Home Office and Australian Border Force officers who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.

Full statement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison

I take note of the decision of the Minister of Immigration regarding Mr. Novak Djokovic’s visa.

I understand that, after careful consideration, the Minister has taken action to revoke Mr. Djokovic’s visa on health and order grounds, on the understanding that doing so is in the public interest.

This pandemic has been very difficult for every Australian, but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.

Together, we have achieved one of the lowest mortality rates, the strongest economies and the highest vaccination rates in the world.

Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the outcome of those sacrifices to be protected.

This is what the Minister is doing today in taking this action.

Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, before COVID and now during the pandemic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday, December 30, 2021. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Due to the anticipated ongoing legal process, I will not provide any further comment.

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