Novak Djokovic included in delayed Australian Open draw as uncertainty continues
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Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, 44, came under fire from Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, 50, as the visa saga involving Serbian tennis star, Novak Djokovic, 34, continues. The incident started after Mr Djokovic was temporarily barred entry last week as he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, a court overturned the Government’s visa cancellation after concluding immigration officials had not followed proper procedure.
Speaking to Channel 9’s Today programme, Ms Lambie said: “Maybe it’s about time to stop this debacle, finish it once and for all.
“Make up your mind, Alex Hawke, and where are you?
“Missing in action? Make a decision.”
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Ms Lambie, who has served as Senator for Tasmania from 2014 to 2019 before returning to Canberra’s Upper House in 2019, added: “If you can’t make a decision on Novak Djokovic, goodness me, how are you guys running the country?
“This is an absolute shambles.
“Let alone what it’s making us look like in the face of the rest of the world.
“It’s absolutely a shocker.”
Mr Djokovic, who has 20 Grand Slams in his trophy cabinet, is set to line up against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, 22, in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
However, the world number one men’s player could still be deported with Mr Hawke reportedly considering revoking his visa.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 53, refused to be drawn into Djokovic’s visa situation on Thursday.
Mr Morrison told a press briefing: “These are personal ministerial powers able to be exercised by Minister Hawke and I don’t propose to make any further comment at this time.”
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The Sydney Morning Herald has suggested Mr Hawke could announce whether or not Mr Djokovic’s visa will be revoked on Friday.
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