(AFP) — Australia returned Novak Djokovic to detention on Saturday, saying the tennis star’s opposition to vaccination could cause “civil unrest” and triggering a high-profile court showdown.
Having once failed to remove the unvaccinated 34-year-old from the country, Australia’s conservative government is trying again.
And Djokovic is fighting back for the second time, with a new court appeal scheduled for Sunday.
The case will be heard from 9:30 am (2230GMT) by the full Federal Court of three justices, a format that leaves little room to appeal any decision.
For now, the Serbian ace is back at a notorious Melbourne immigration detention facility after a few short-lived days of freedom following his first successful court appeal.
A motorcade was spotted moving from his lawyers’ offices — where he had been kept under guard for most of Saturday — to the former Park Hotel facility.
For millions around the world, the Serbian star is best known as a gangly all-conquering tennis champion with a ferocious backhand and his anti-vaccine stance.
In court filings, Australia has cast him as a figurehead for anti-vaxxers and a catalyst for potential “civil unrest” who must be removed in the public interest.
Djokovic’s presence in Australia “may foster anti-vaccination sentiment”, immigration minister Alex Hawke argued, justifying his use of broad executive powers to revoke the ace’s visa.
Not only could Djokovic encourage people to flout health rules, Hawke said, but his presence could lead to “civil unrest”.
So with just two days before the Australian Open begins, the defending champion is again focused on law courts rather than centre court.
Novak Djokovic’s Australia Visa Canceled Again: Launches Immediate Appealhttps://t.co/2s19H1LPiH
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After months of speculation about whether Djokovic would get vaccinated to play in Australia, he used a medical exemption to enter the country a week ago, hoping to challenge for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Open.
Many Australians — who have suffered prolonged lockdowns and border restrictions — believe Djokovic gamed the system to dodge vaccine entry requirements.
Amid public outcry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government revoked Djokovic’s visa on arrival.
But the government was humiliated when a judge reinstated Djokovic’s visa and allowed him to remain in the country.
This time, the government has invoked exceptional — and difficult to challenge — executive powers to declare him a threat to public health and safety.
Experts say the case has taken on significance beyond the fate of one man who happens to be good at tennis.
“The case is likely to define how tourists, foreign visitors and even Australian citizens view the nation’s immigration policies and ‘equality before the law’ for years to come,” said Sanzhuan Guo, a law lecturer at Flinders University.
Djokovic’s lawyers argue the government “cited no evidence” to support their claims.
The minister admitted that Djokovic is at “negligible” risk of infecting Australians, but argued his past “disregard” for Covid-19 regulations may pose a risk to public health and encourage people to ignore pandemic rules.
The tennis ace contracted Covid-19 in mid-December and, according to his own account, failed to isolate despite knowing he was positive.
Public records show he attended a stamp unveiling, youth tennis event and granted a media interview around the time he got tested and his latest infection was confirmed.
Djokovic is the Australian Open’s top seed and a nine-time winner of the tournament. He had been practising just hours before Hawke’s decision was announced.
The visa cancellation effectively means Djokovic would be barred from obtaining a new Australian visa for three years, except under exceptional circumstances, ruling him out of one of the four Grand Slam tournaments during that time.
He is currently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles each.
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Friday accused Australia of “mistreating” the country’s biggest star, and a national hero.
“If you wanted to ban Novak Djokovic from winning the 10th trophy in Melbourne why didn’t you return him immediately, why didn’t you tell him ‘it is impossible to obtain a visa’?” Vucic said on Instagram.
“Novak, we stand by you!”
Spanish great Nadal took a swipe at his rival on Saturday as players complained the scandal was overshadowing the opening Grand Slam of the year.
“The Australian Open is much more important than any player,” Nadal told reporters at Melbourne Park.
“Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.”
Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka called the Djokovic saga “unfortunate” and “sad” and said it could be the defining moment of his career.
“I think it’s an unfortunate situation. He’s such a great player and it’s kind of sad that some people might remember (him) in this way,” she said.
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Fireworks! Kamala Harris Snaps at Savannah Guthrie When Asked About Biden’s Disastrous Press Conference (VIDEO)
Kamala Harris on Thursday snapped at “Today” host Savannah Guthrie when asked about Joe Biden’s disastrous press conference.
Joe Biden jumbled his words and refused to take responsibility for his failures during Wednesday’s presser.
What really stood out was Dementia Joe’s comments on Russia and Ukraine.
Joe Biden essentially gave a green light to Putin to enter Ukraine.
“My guess is he will move in,” Biden said of Putin invading Ukraine. “He has to do something.”
Biden’s comments were so dangerous that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki released a statement after the presser to ‘clarify’ the president’s statements.
“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook of aggression short of military action, including cyberattacks and paramilitary tactics. And he affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”
“Today” host Savannah Guthrie asked Kamala Harris about Biden’s presser and his comments on Russia-Ukraine and his statements questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 elections.
Harris snapped after Guthrie pointed out the Democrats’ election bills were debated and didn’t pass through the senate.
“Well, to the point, because those bills were debated, the bills were debated and they didn’t pass,” Guthrie said.
“If I may finish! if I may finish!” Harris said interrupting Guthrie.
Harris also lost her cool when Guthrie pointed out how Joe Biden gave the green light for Putin to invade Ukraine.
“If Russia takes aggressive action, it will be met with severe costs.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2022
EPIC: Joe Manchin Shames Democrats in Their Attempt to Nuke Filibuster in Order to Pass Freedom to Cheat Bill (VIDEO)
Last night Democrats were unable to change the rules of the US Senate in order to pass their Freedom to Cheat bill. Their proposed legislation would have eliminated voter ID, prevented states from cleaning voter rolls, would have allowed for ballots to be turned in days after the election, and would have allowed for illegal ballot harvesting. It would have destroyed elections in the country and they knew this. That’s why they wanted it and the fake news media promoted it.
The vote failed 52-48 with Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema joining Republicans in the vote.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) gave an epic speech before the final vote. He helped defeat the communist onslaught for another day.
Via Becker News.
“I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country, not to divide our country,” he argued.
“Let this change happen in this way, and the Senate will be a body without rules,” Manchin warned.
“We’ve changed the rules,” in the past, Manchin said. “But we changed them with the rules. We didn’t break the rules to change the rules. But all of a sudden now we just can’t do it anymore. Just got to blow it up.”
“The rule book means that the rules changes are done on the basis of broad, bipartisan consensus, not imposed on the minority by raw majority power,” he went on. “No matter who is in power.”
Here is the video.
BREAKING: Voter GA Confirms Over 100,000 Ballots in Georgia 2020 Election Missing Valid Chain of Custody Documentation, Additionally Drop Box Videos Have Been Destroyed
Voter GA held a press conference today at 10 am Eastern. During the conference, the VoterGA team released two bombshells that prove the 2020 Election in the state should never have been certified.
The first item involves the chain of custody documentation gathered and maintained during the 2020 Election. All ballots are to be accounted for with proper custody activities performed and documented. Documentation should be available for all ballots that come in the door. (Remember, Biden was given the state by only a 12,000 vote margin.)
We have noted this for months in Georgia and now VoterGA provided proof that this is the case. We first reported a year ago that over 400,000 ballots in Georgia don’t have the proper evidence (chain of custody documentation) to show that the ballots entered the election process legitimately.
In June of 2021, a Fulton County election official confirmed that one in four absentee ballots in the county did not have proper chain of custody documentation.
In September we reported that the results in Georgia were illegitimate because there is no evidence that proper chain of custody documentation was recorded and maintained for tens of thousands of ballots.
Today Voter GA provided evidence that 100,000 ballots lack the proper chain of custody documentation in Georgia which is required by law. Voter GA also reported that the video coverage of the ballot drop boxes inserted into the 2020 Election has either been deleted or is of such poor quality that they would never be able to be used to determine the content of nighttime drop-offs.
If anyone can insert any ballot into any election, then we have no legitimate elections. Georgia’s election never should have been certified.
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