Will Novak Djokovic face the same consequences when playing other tournaments of the grand slam in the USA, UK, and France?
Presumably, he is not a citizen of any of these countries. So he does not have right of entry.Reply
Saying "public interest" without a referendum or any representation from the public, is such an abuse of power. Go settle your revenge fantasies in your personal time.Reply
The Australian newsreaders leaving their mics on during the break while saying what they thought of Djokovic was funny. I imagine it sums up the attitude of most Australians ("lying, sneaky a**hole" https://inews.co.uk/news/world/australian-news-presenters-no...)
While I think the rules not allowing unvaccinated people in are excessive at a time when there's no shortage of covid in Australia, rules are rules.Reply
Novak? More like No-vac-cine.Reply
Is in the public interest of Australian people for natural immunity to be recognized and this spectacle be over
In comparison they are allowed to have cricket matches with hundreds of thousands of spectators packingReply
9/10 Australians think this guy is a grade-A dickhead. It would have been politically unpalatable for him to have been allowed to stay.Reply
What is Australia officially afraid of? That Novak might have covid? When most of the Australians are vaxxed or have had covid already?Reply
One the one hand: Australia is the wrong country entirely to try this shtick on. The "fair play" ethos is strong, the "tall poppy syndrome" (1) is evidence of Australian reflexively reacting angrily to the "don't you know who I am?" routine, to someone asking for the rules for normal people to be set aside for the rich and famous.
He might have gotten away with it, but once it was in the papers and the public eye was on him, game over.
Australia also takes border biosecurity _very_ seriously, even before the pandemic. Remember Johnny Depp and his dogs having to leave when they were smuggled in via private jet. (2) Remember the TV show (3)
I feel little sympathy for Mr Djokovic trying to bend the rules in favour (for reasons that appear frivolous: it would be trivial for him to actually just get vaccinated) and being found out. What was he thinking?
On the other hand: it does seem like various branches of the Australian government are infighting and contradicting each other. If Mr Djokovic was not good to arrive, could they not have got their act together, and told him so clearly, before he set off? It's a media-legal circus now.Reply
“Judges are not stupid and are fully aware of what a Friday, 5:55pm, exercise of a Minister's power means ... The Government's delay - given everything about Djokovic's case was known or knowable this time last week - will hurt its case for urgent removal & help Djokovic's claim.”
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.Reply
Djokovic was never eligible to enter Australia. He lied about having a medical excuse to not be vaccinated. He used 'exemptions' from organisations other than the immigration authorities to muddy the waters. He was trying to blag it all along and got caught.
He got lucky with a border guard making a mistake which ultimately allowed him entry, but doing anything but cancelling his visa would have been contrary to normal treatment under the law.
Now he'll get an automatic 3 year ban, if not more due to the other laws he broke when he entered Australia.Reply
He must be a really convinced anti vaxer to die on this hill.Reply
Did the question around potentially doctored documents ever reach a conclusion?Reply
Good summary of some deeper concerns: https://www.smh.com.au/national/right-and-left-unite-over-dj...
There's been no winners in any of this. If he wasn't granted a visa in the first place there might have been.Reply
On a slightly lighter note, this rather frank exchange by a couple of Australian TV newsreaders "off-air" during the ad break was leaked and created some local amusement and outrage. Something along the lines of, "They're just saying what we are all thinking," was a common sentiment.Reply
What I thought amazing was how in the court case the judge clearly sided with ND and the case was essentially decided because the immigration officials didn't follow the correct process.
I wish judges like that would have shown their spine like this when it came to the awful treatment of refugees. But it seems that immigration follows lawful processes is only important if a tennis millionaire is entering the country.Reply
Is omnicron worse than a common cold? Maybe the colloquial you always get a new virus with every common cold is also true of covid.
If vaccinated people are spreading covid (and maybe more so since their symptoms are probably so minor), what good does banning an athlete in great health do?
All it proves is this is about politics and power, not health.
At this point all those who go along with this charade, insisting the emperor does indeed have clothes, are complicit in their crimes, the same way those who in the past defended the governments making the “dirty” ones sit at the back of the bus.
What’s the big deal they just have to sit at the back of the bus? What’s the big deal about having to get vaccinated?Reply
As an Australian I am ashamed of our government's actions. Purely political theater to appease their domestic base. But it has backfired royally on them. I hope the polls reflect this.Reply
I don't really care if they let him in. That's up to Australia.
But the various levels of government there have made a mess of this.
If the federal government controls immigration, the state government and Tennis Australia should not be issuing visas and waivers. If they do issue them, you can't blame people for travelling. And I'd be pretty pissed if I had travelled to aus, and was then refused entry despite having a visa from one government because another one didn't like it!?Reply
It was bloody naive of Djoko to even think that he would be eligible for entry into Australia, Victoria, and the Tournament, all with the same muddy paperwork. Whatever assurances he got from one party (A state representative, a tournament representative) obviously doesn't carry over to the next instance.
If he's allowed to play in the tournament but not enter the country, then he's out of luck. Same thing if he's allowed to enter the country but not the state or the tournament.Reply
RIP Australian Open. It left a bitter taste when it died.Reply
To give some other perspective, here's the text from Djokovic's statement on his Instagram page:
> STATEMENT BY NOVAK DJOKOVIC 12 January 2022
I want to address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the lead up to my positive PCR COVID test result.
This is misinformation which needs to be corrected, particularly in the interest of alleviating broader concern in the community about my presence in Australia, and to address matters which are very hurtful and concerning to my family.
I want to emphasise that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone and my compliance with testing obligations.
I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on 14 December after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive with COVID 19. Despite having no COVID symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test on 16 December which was negative, and out of an abundance of caution, also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day.
The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children and took a rapid antigen test before going to the event, and it was negative.
I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event.
The next day, on 18 December I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.
I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken.
While I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgement and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.
On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf as I told immigration officials on my arrival - and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia. This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian Government to clarify this matter.
While I felt it was important to address and clarify misinformation I will not be making any further comment out of utmost respect for the Australian Government and their authorities and the current process.
It is always an honour and a privilege to play in the Australian Open. The Australian Open is much-loved by players, fans and the community, not just in Victoria and in Australia, but around the globe, and I just want to have the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world and perform before one of the best crowds in the world.Reply
Now the path to the finals has cleared right up for Michael Ymer. Go Sweden!Reply
David Crowe writes in The Age
The political cost of letting Djokovic stay was too high for Morrison
Australians have been barred from visiting a dying parent in hospital, blocked from seeing a new grandchild and forbidden from having a wedding. Should they accept that a tennis star gets the leeway they were denied?
Angering those Australians would have been a huge danger for Morrison when he is only a few months away from an election.
But this is not game, set and match. The entire saga has put Australia’s pandemic dysfunction up in lights. It was a national embarrassment and may continue through the courts.Reply
He should consider himself lucky he wasn’t jailed for forging a positive PCR test before being deported.Reply
This distraction has worked marvellously. No time to cover the lack of food and tests in the supermarkets or any strategy other than sacrificing the weak for the sake of 'the economy'. Regarding immigration rules - it seems that if you're an au pair for the right family, incorrect entry forms can be fixed with a direct call to the minister.Reply
Completely absurd behavior from the Australian authorities.
They knew he wasn’t vaccinated from the get go, yet gave him an exemption which they later withdrew after he entered the country.
No way to treat anyone, international tennis star or not.Reply