Australia Orders Novak Djokovic To Be Deported After Arguing His Presence Would ‘Stoke Anti-Vax Sentiment’
Government worried tennis star will embolden anti-vaxxer movement in the country.
Pureblood rank one tennis champion Novak “No-Vax” Djokovic was ordered to be deported from Australia on Sunday after the government argued his presence would “stoke anti-vaccine sentiment.”
The details of the case read like a parody.
From The Daily Mail, “Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic LOSES his last-ditch appeal to stay in Australia and will be deported within hours – after the federal government feared his presence would ‘stoke anti-vaccine sentiment’”:
Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia after failing to convince three senior judges of his right to stay in Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open – after the government’s lawyers argued he’d become an ‘icon’ for anti-vaxxers.
[…] The high-powered legal team argued any anti-vax sentiment brought about in the community since the tennis ace arrived in Australia was a result of the government’s decision to cancel his visa, while lawyers for the federal government insisted he posed a risk.
The world number one’s lawyer Nick Wood presented his case at the Federal Court of Australia to a trio of judges, after Minister Hawke re-cancelled Djokovic’s visa on the grounds of ‘health and good order’.
Despite the 34-year-old being unvaccinated, Wood insisted he has not courted anti-vaxxer support and was not associated with the movement.
The government ‘doesn’t know what Mr Djokovic’s current views are’, Wood insisted.
Government lawyer Stephen Lloyd said the fact Djokovic was not vaccinated two years into the pandemic and had repeatedly ignored safety measures – including failing to isolate while Covid-19 positive – was evidence enough of his views.