Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee suggested Immigration Minister Alex Hawke didn’t want to let Novak Djokovic stay because that would send the wrong message to the public.
After landing in Australia, the Australian Border Force cancelled the visa of the world No. 1.
Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel, where he was detained for a few days.
Djokovic appealed the decision and won his appeal in court on Monday.
However, that wasn’t the end of the Djokovic drama as Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had the power to cancel the visa of the world No. 1.
On Friday, Hawke announced the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa.
“Central argument for Minister appears to be that by him remaining, there is potential of inciting anti-vax sentiment, which is not in the public interest. Maybe not relevant, but Djokovic did set up player vaccination hubs at two tournaments, so they could be double vaccinated,” McNamee tweeted.
Hawke made the call on the Djokovic situation
“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement on Friday.
“This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.
“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border For. and Mr Djokovic.
“The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I thank the officers of the Department of Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”
Djokovic is now set to be detained on Saturday morning.