Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa was revoked for the second time on Friday as the country’s immigration minister Alex Hawke decided to use his special discretionary powers to do so, just a day after a federal court ruled an unvaccinated tennis star Overturned the decision of the Australian Border Force to revoke the visa. ,
Announcing the cancellation, Hawke said the decision to revoke the visa was on the grounds of health and good order and “on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so.”
While Djokovic would be able to challenge this decision in court, winning such a case would be more difficult because the powers vested on the immigration minister on revoking visas are too broad.
Under Section 133C(3) of the country’s Migration Act, a minister can revoke a person’s visa if the holder, among other things, poses a risk to “health, safety or good order”.