Australian Open 2022 campaign under threat as Federal Court hears appeal after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked Serbian tennis star’s visa
The affidavit prepared by Novak Djokovic’s lawyers has been made public – and the 268-page document gives an idea of how the player’s legal team plans to tackle the key claim that his anti-vax views are a valid reason for visa cancellation.
Among a number of arguments set out in the “public interest” argument document relied upon by the Minister of Immigration is the assertion that Djokovic enjoys broad support in the Australian community.
“There is vocal support in Australia and overseas for Mr Djokovic to stay in Australia and play at the Australian Open 2022,” say the documents prepared by Hall & Willcox, referring to an online poll. published by age and Sydney Morning Herald this week, which showed that 60% of readers agreed he should be able to play.
The letter also refers to an online petition with over 83,000 signatures showing support for Djokovic.
“There are several things that would be against the public interest if the Australian government were to make a second attempt to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa,” the document continues.
“Firstly, this action would be likely to (further) damage Australia’s global reputation and call into question Australia’s border security principles and policies – and indeed the rule of law in Australia generally. .
“Secondly, this action would harm Australian economic interests and jeopardize the viability of Australia as it continues to host this prestigious international sporting event.
“Third, this action would create the appearance of politically motivated decision-making.
“Cancelling Mr. Djokovic’s visa and deporting him would clearly be contrary to the public interest and, respectfully, could only serve political interests. The Minister of Immigration cannot be convinced that there is a public interest to cancel Mr. Djokovic’s visa.
Read the affidavit in full below.