Novak Djokovic’s intense battle to have his visa approved by the Australian government took a turn for the worse when Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked the tennis star’s visa and threatened him with deportation, even though Djokovic has done nothing wrong.
“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.
So far, Djokovic’s legal team has shown that he has sufficiently met every requirement necessary for a medical exemption and even had an Australian judge say that he would be cleared to stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open (which begins Monday). So how in the world does overriding a judge’s ruling just so you can flex your power benefit anyone?
Australia’s Prime Minister – whom many rightly consider a tyrant – seems to have an answer for that puzzling riddle:
“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” Morrison asserted. “This is what the Minister is doing in taking this action today.”
This statement has many flaws.
Morrison did not mention that the Australian people were unwilling to make those sacrifices. They had to comply with ridiculous COVID regulations, such as home quarantining if you are suspected of having COVID-19. If Americans think they’ve had it bad with government overreach during the pandemic, what we have experienced is child’s play with what is going on in Australia.
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Thanks to those sacrifices, we now live in a world where police officers can shoot rubber bullets into protestors and still get away with it. Police also have the right to take a child from his mother. Australians are not free, the government is in full control over everyone and everything, and that’s how people like Morrison and Hawke want to keep it.
So when a high-profile, widely respected individual who is not bowing down and groveling to Australia’s vaccine tyranny steps onto the scene (potentially inspiring millions of others to stand up), it would only make sense that Australia’s officials would do what they can to not let Djokovic into their country.
Djokovic will need to serve another winner in order to be allowed to play and to win his 10th Australian Open record. At the minimum, Djokovic has shown that the Aussies are capable of going to great lengths to keep their power. This is win in itself.