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Australia news live: Djokovic trains on centre court as supporters take to Melbourne streets; Morrison government yet to decide on visa cancellation


Tennis star attends midnight training session at Rod Laver Arena as police called amid wild scenes in Melbourne; immigration minister threatens to revoke entry visa for a second time. Follow all the day’s news live

There is mixed messaging emerging this morning on whether immigration minister Alex Hawke should intervene and cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time.

Federal government MP and former professional tennis player John Alexander says his visa should not be cancelled again in the wake of the court’s decision:

I see it as something that should not become a political problem. It is not political at this point…the rules regarding visa applications and approvals are quite clear, they’re complex, but they are clear, and the judge has looked at this obviously very, very carefully and he has made a very strong decision.

So, as one of the most privileged human beings on the planet who has ignored the science and refused to be vaccinated I think an incredibly strong message could have been sent by upholding Djokovic’s visa cancellation. The message being that the rules apply to everyone equally.

The judge was very critical of the way Novak Djokovic was treated while he was at the airport, the way he was interviewed, the way he was not given an opportunity to talk with his lawyers before they made a decision and that they had taken his phone away and he was not able to contact anyone.

The process that was conducted in the airport was at fault. There were mistakes made in that process and there were mistakes made in the decision, so the judge was quite critical of how he was treated and that became quite obvious, if you like. The judge applied the blowtorch to the minister and the minister took the hint and conceded the case before a judgement was made.

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