After more than a week of high drama the full Federal Court on Sunday night found that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa should stand.
That set the world No. 1 on a path for deportation out of Melbourne on the Australian Open’s first day instead of a first-round match.
As we’ve been reporting this morning, Djokovic departed the country on a flight late last night.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on radio this morning arguing Djokovic “was wrong” to believe he had an exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated and defended the government’s handling of the visa cancellation.
“We didn’t give him an exemption. The federal government gave him no such exemption.“, Mr Morrison said on Sydney radio station 2GB radio this morning. “He was wrong, as simple as that.“
The Prime Minister rejected suggestions the government had shown double standards by deporting Djokovic but leaving Coalition MPs who have spread anti-vaccination views unpunished.
“If you’re someone coming from overseas and there are conditions for you to enter this country then you have to comply with them,” Mr Morrison said.
“This is about someone who sought to come to Australia and not comply with the entry rules at our border.”