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Novak Djokovic’s visa cancelled for second time ahead of Australian Open

14/01/2022 at 4:13 PM

Melbourne, Jan 14:The Australian government has cancelled Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time on Friday. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his discretionary powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa.

“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.

“The government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Hawke said.

Under the section of the Migration Act which the minister used to exercise his power to cancel the visa, Djokovic would not be able to secure a visa to come to Australia for three years, except in compelling circumstances that affect Australia’s interest.

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