But today’s appeals court documents revealed the exact reasons why Mr. Hawk decided to revoke the tennis star’s visa for a second time.
The Minister’s written reasons are that he considers that “Mr Djokovic’s presence in Australia may pose a health risk to the Australian community, as his presence in Australia may reinforce anti-vaccination sentiment”.
Specifically, the minister said, this could lead to:
- “There is an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment being generated in the Australian community, which is leading to others refusing to be vaccinated or refusing to receive a booster vaccine.”
- “Promoting minority views in Australian society that remain not immune to COVID-19.”
- “People who decide not to receive a booster vaccine”.
- “Unvaccinated people become unwell and/or pass it on to others.”
- “The growing pressure on the Australian health system”.
In his argument, Minister Hook also said he considered Djokovic to have shown “a clear disregard for the necessity of isolation after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result”.
The minister referred to the fact that Djokovic attended an interview and photos with a French magazine the team On December 18th despite testing positive for COVID-19.
“Given Mr Djokovic’s high profile and status as a role model in the sporting community and more broadly, his continued presence in Australia may reinforce a similar disregard for precautionary requirements following receipt of COVID-19 positive in Australia.”
It was further argued that Djokovic’s presence in Australia could increase anti-vaccination sentiment in the country, “which could lead to an increase in civil unrest of the kind Australia experienced previously with rallies and protests”.
On the issue of Djokovic falsely stating on his Australian travel authorization form that he had not traveled within the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia, the minister said that one of Djokovic’s agents had filed a statutory declaration saying the incorrect information was her fault.
The minister said that he assumed the validity of the statement.
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Djokovic’s lawyers will fight these points in front of the Federal Circuit Court from 9:30 am tomorrow, with the hearing expected to end tomorrow evening, before the Australian Open kicks off on Monday.