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    Novak Djokovic deported from Australia after losing final appeal — set to return at Wimbledon 2022

    Good to see Australia PM talk about this but the damage has already been done in my view when he Djokovic was given an exemption.

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    Novak Djokovic will be “on the next plane home” if his evidence for a Covid-19 vaccination exemption to play at the Australian Open is not satisfactory, the Australian Prime Minister has warned.

    Djokovic ended weeks of speculation about his participation in the Grand Slam on Tuesday by revealing he will play after receiving an exemption from being double-jabbed - his vaccination status is unknown, although he has been a vocal critic of mandatory rulings.

    "Any individual seeking to enter Australia must comply with our border requirements," PM Scott Morrison said.

    "He has to because if he's not vaccinated, he must provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and to be able to access the same travel arrangements, as fully vaccinated travellers.

    "So we await his presentation and what evidence he provides to support that. If that evidence is insufficient, then he won't be treated any different to anyone else and he'll be on the next plane home.

    "There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all, none whatsoever."

    Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said: "Any individual seeking to enter Australia must comply with our strict border requirements.

    "While the Victorian Government and Tennis Australia may permit a non-vaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, it is the Commonwealth Government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border.

    "Since December 15 2021 fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption, and enter eligible states and territories quarantine free.

    "If an arriving individual is not vaccinated, they must provide acceptable proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangement as fully vaccinated travellers.

    "Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our strict border requirements."

    An independent commission reviewed 26 applications for a vaccination exemption and rubber-stamped "a handful", according to Australian Open organiser Craig Tiley.

    "No-one is, or will be, receiving special treatment because of who they are," insisted Jaala Pulford, the acting Victoria State Sports Minister.

    There was confusion during the ATP Cup match when Norway's Viktor Durasovic overhead volley went through the net against Chile's Alejandro Tabilo.

    Jamie Murray said: "I think if it was me that wasn't vaccinated I wouldn't be getting an exemption. You know, but well done to him for getting clear to come to Australia and compete."

    Liam Broady said: "You have to trust that he does have a valid reason for the medical exemption."

    Australian player Alex de Minaur said: "I just think it's very interesting. That's all I'm going to say."

    The Serbian, the current world No 1, is the most successful player in the history of the Australian Open with nine championships.

    He is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 career Grand Slams.

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    That has been the case in Australia since the start, thousands of people missed our in seeing dying relatives as they couldn't get exemptions to leave! Yet we had all manner of celebs/sports people come and go.

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    Australians have reacted angrily to news that tennis player Novak Djokovic will play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules.

    All players and staff at the tournament must be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by an expert independent panel.

    Djokovic has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year said he was "opposed to vaccination".

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said if the player's evidence was insufficient he would be on the "next plane home".

    Organisers say the defending champion has not been given special treatment, but the decision has infuriated many Australians. The country is seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world's strictest restrictions.

    Over 90% of Australia's over-16 population is fully vaccinated, but some people still cannot travel interstate or globally because of current measures.

    Amid the controversy, Mr Morrison said the Serbian player would be required to present evidence upon arrival that he has a genuine medical exemption from vaccination. The Australian Open begins on 17 January in Melbourne.

    "If that evidence is insufficient, then he won't be treated any different to anyone else," the prime minister told reporters. "There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever."

    The comments seemed to represent a change in his position, after he said on Tuesday that the Victoria state government had provided the player with an exemption to enter the country and that officials would act "in accordance with that decision".

    Many Australians had previously accused the government of allowing the rich and famous to do as they please while ordinary people remained separated from sick and dying loved ones.

    "I think it's a disgrace," Melbourne resident Christine Wharton told ABC. "We've all done the right thing, we've all gone out and got our jabs and our boosters and we have someone that has come from overseas and all of a sudden he's been exempt and can play."

    A&E doctor Stephen Parnis tweeted: "I don't care how good a tennis player he is. If he's refusing to get vaccinated, he shouldn't be allowed in."

    The decision raised eyebrows with some other tennis players too. "I just think it's very interesting. That's all I'm going to say," Australian Alex de Minaur said.

    Britain's Jamie Murray added: "I think if it was me that wasn't vaccinated I wouldn't be getting an exemption. You know, but well done to him for getting clear to come to Australia and compete."

    Australian former player Rod Laver said the reason for the exemption should be made public, saying the situation "might get ugly".

    "Yes, you're a great player and you've performed and won so many tournaments, so it can't be physical," he said. "So what is the problem?"

    The tournament's chief executive, Craig Tiley, said 26 athletes had applied for medical exemptions. "A handful" had been granted, he said, under guidelines set by federal regulators.

    "We made it extra difficult for anyone applying for an application to ensure it was the right process and to make sure the medical experts deal with it independently," he told Channel 9.

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    It's 1.50am in Melbourne and the nine-times Australian Open champion appears to be still at the airport and locked in talks with border officials about being let into Australia.

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    Quite disgusting he was allowed the exemption Its farcical that rules in this world are only for us common folks

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    Same in Canada, live performers etc were exempt from travel restrictions.

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    Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia after an extraordinary mix-up with his visa application.

    The 20-times grand-slam champion landed in Melbourne this afternoon amid a furious backlash at the decision to grant him a medical exemption from a Covid-19 vaccine, allowing him to compete in the Australian Open later this month.

    But Djokovic is unable to proceed through passport control after a member of his support team made a critical mistake in requesting a sub-class of visa that does not apply to those who have received medical exemptions from a Covid-19 vaccine. The error had been discovered by the Australian border force while Djokovic was already travelling on a 14-hour commercial flight from Dubai to Melbourne.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    Quite disgusting he was allowed the exemption Its farcical that rules in this world are only for us common folks
    Australia is at the bottom of the first world country list which i trust.

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    World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia over an issue with his visa.

    The player arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday where authorities noticed a mistake on his application.

    Djokovic was due to play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules.

    He has been told he will be deported but his lawyers have said they will challenge the decision, Australian media report.

    The tennis star had been quizzed in a room at Melbourne airport for hours while his visa and exemption status was being investigated.

    His team had not requested a visa that permits medical exemptions for being unvaccinated.

    It is not clear whether he will remain in Australia while his lawyers attempt to overturn the decision.

    Djokovic has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year he said he was "opposed to vaccination".

    His treatment has provoked outrage in his native Serbia. Djokovic's father, Srdjan Djokovic said his son was had been in a room guarded by police.

    President Aleksander Vucic said the star was a victim of "harassment", and that "the whole of Serbia", supported him.

    Earlier, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Djokovic would be refused entry to the country unless he provided evidence that he could not be vaccinated for medical reasons.

    Australia is seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world's strictest restrictions.

    The Australian Open begins on 17 January in Melbourne.

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    This is hilarious. Serves him right for being openly aloof and playing games

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    You will always raise eyebrows trying to convince people that a world #1 athlete has an "acute medical condition" that prevents vaccination. Turns out his team hadn't even requested the correct visa for his exemption, so no one else to blame I'm afraid Novak.


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    Reality bites for Novak.

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    Well he is kicked out. But it seems to be more for public consumption and to basically humiliate him by the liberal loonies.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    Well he is kicked out. But it seems to be more for public consumption and to basically humiliate him by the liberal loonies.
    Well for context, the "liberals" in Australia are actually conservatives (right wing).

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    Tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa to enter Australia dramatically revoked on his arrival in Melbourne.

    The world number one was held in the city's airport for several hours before border officials announced he had not met entry rules and would be deported.

    Djokovic was then taken to a government detention hotel. His lawyers have launched an urgent appeal in court.

    It follows a massive backlash over a vaccine exemption Djokovic said he got to play in the Australian Open.

    The Serbian player has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year he said he was "opposed to vaccination".

    Tennis Australia said his medical exemption had been granted by two independent medical panels, but border officials said he had "failed to provide appropriate evidence" for entry after arriving on Wednesday from Dubai.

    "Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia," the Australian Border Force (ABF) said in a statement.

    Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison denied Djokovic was being singled out and said no-one was above the country's rules. But he added that Djokovic's stance on vaccination had drawn attention.

    "When you get people making public statements - of what they say they have, and what they are going to do, and what their claims are - well they draw significant attention to themselves," Mr Morrison told reporters.

    Mr Morrison said the ABF had previously advised Tennis Australia on visa expectations. Though Djokovic's reason for an exemption has not been disclosed, Mr Morrison said contracting Covid in the past six months was not among accepted federal criteria.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reported that two other people were now having their medical exemptions reviewed.

    The Federal Circuit Court has adjourned Djokovic's legal challenge until 18:00 local time (07:00 GMT), after two brief administrative hearings.

    Djokovic is now being held at a hotel in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton which is used for immigration detention. The facility has been the site of Covid-19 outbreaks and a recent fire.

    Outside the hotel, supporters of Djokovic told the BBC they were angry at his treatment.

    "It's an international scandal and the world is watching," one woman, identified only as Jelena, echoed outrage in her native Serbian.

    Djokovic's father, Srdjan Djokovic, said his son had been held in a room guarded by police at the airport. "This is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world," he said in a statement released to the media.

    President Aleksander Vucic said the star was a victim of "harassment" and said that "the whole of Serbia" supported him.

    Mr Morrison denied the visa cancellation was because of "any particular position in relation to Serbia", describing the nation as "a good friend of Australia".

    Australia is seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world's strictest restrictions. More than 90% of Australia's over-16 population is fully vaccinated, but some people still cannot travel interstate or globally because of current measures.

    Many Australians had previously accused the government of allowing the rich and famous to do as they please while ordinary people remained separated from sick and dying loved ones.

    News of Djokovic's exemption triggered an overwhelmingly angry response in Australia.

    Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee told local media the visa U-turn was unprecedented, saying it "smells" of politics.

    The Australian Open begins on 17 January in Melbourne. Djokovic has previously won the tournament nine times.

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    UPDATE

    Novak Djokovic has been transported to a quarantine hotel in Melbourne after being denied entry into Australia, while court documents suggest his team have applied for an injunction against the visa cancellation.

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    I expect No-vax will get his visa reinstated. Money talks.

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    Novak Djokovic's appeal against his visa cancellation in Australia has been adjourned until Monday, with the Serb to remain in Melbourne quarantine until then.


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    how difficult would it be for the biggest sports star from Serbia to get a doctor to provide him with a legitimate reason to not have the vaccine. Surely there are medical exemptions out there to not take the vaccine.

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    The parents of Novak Djokovic say the tennis star is being treated like a criminal as he awaits a ruling on whether he is to be deported from Australia, amid a public backlash over a vaccine exemption.

    Speaking to reporters from the player's restaurant in Belgrade, Djokovic's father Srdjan said the row "has nothing to do with sport" and was "political".

    The world number one is being held in a government detention hotel in Melbourne pending a court appeal.

    His mother, Dijana, said: "They are keeping him as a prisoner, that's not human and it's not fair."

    Australian Open organisers said the Serbian player, who has said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted medical exemption by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia, the body that runs the event, and Victoria state.

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    Don’t know why he’s even bothering appealing.
    Just get out and don’t bother ever going back.

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    Rafael Nadal had little sympathy for long-time rival Novak Djokovic, saying on Thursday that he must face the consequences for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.

    The world number one was stopped by border officials on arrival to Australia late Wednesday and his visa was cancelled for failing to meet Covid vaccine-entry requirements.

    He faces deportation but has launched a court challenge to stay in the country and play at this month’s Australian Open where both he and Nadal would be chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title.

    Nadal contracted Covid last month and said he was a big believer in getting vaccinated to stem a pandemic in which “a lot of people had been dying”.

    “I went through the Covid, I have been vaccinated twice. If you do this, you don’t have any problem to play here. That’s the only clear thing,” he said in Melbourne after winning his first singles match on the ATP Tour since August.

    “The only for me clear thing is if you are vaccinated, you can play in the Australian Open and everywhere, and the world in my opinion have been suffering enough to not follow the rules.

    “He made his own decisions, and everybody is free to take their own decisions, but then there are some consequences,” he added of Djokovic.

    “Of course I don’t like the situation that is happening. In some way I feel sorry for him.

    “But at the same time, he knew the conditions since a lot of months ago, so he makes his own decision.

    “The only thing that I can say is I believe in what the people who know about medicine says, and if those people say that we need to get vaccinated, we need to get the vaccine.”

    Djokovic had claimed on Instagram this week that he had obtained an exemption to play in the Australian Open without being vaccinated.

    The 34-year-old has refused to reveal his vaccine status publicly, but has previously voiced opposition to being jabbed.

    But the news sparked outrage in a country that has endured months of restrictions and lockdowns, and Nadal said he understood the reaction.

    “A lot of families have been suffering a lot during the last two years with all the pandemic,” he said.

    “I mean, it’s normal that the people here in Australia get very frustrated with the (Djokovic) case because they have been going through a lot of very hard lockdowns, and a lot of people were not able to come back home.”

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    Djokovic’s father Srdjan said in an interview broadcast by Sky News that his son was being singled out unfairly.

    “Novak and his team filed the same documents as 25 other tennis players (who received exemptions) and they didn’t have any problems, just Novak,” Djokovic senior said.

    “They wanted to humiliate him. They could have said ‘don’t come Novak’ and that would have been okay. But no, they wanted to humiliate him and they’re still keeping him in prison.

    “He’s not in detention, he’s in prison. They took all of his stuff, even his wallet, they left him with just his phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face.

    Djokovic was given a medical exemption for the Australian Open, but had his visa cancelled

    “Our pride is a prisoner of these idiots, shame on them, the whole free world together with Serbia should rise. This isn’t a battle for Serbia and Novak, it’s a battle for billions of people, for freedom of expression, for free speech, freedom of behaviour.

    “Novak didn’t break any laws, just as seven billion people didn’t break any laws, they want to subdue us and for us all to be on our knees.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    Don’t know why he’s even bothering appealing.
    Just get out and don’t bother ever going back.
    He's won 9 of his twenty slams there and would break overall record..so

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    Novak Djokovic is a victim of a "political witch hunt" claimed Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday as fans in Belgrade rallied in support of the embattled tennis star after Australian authorities cancelled his entry visa. The 34-year-old world number one's lawyers are appealing the decision which if it fails would see him deported from Australia. The vaccine-sceptic Djokovic was detained on arrival at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport having failed to "provide appropriate evidence" of double vaccination or a medical exemption.

    Djokovic had jetted into Melbourne on Wednesday having been granted a medical exemption by the Australian Open organisers.

    He was hoping to defend his Australian Open crown and claim an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title.

    Vucic, though, claimed Djokovic was being hounded as other tennis players had been permitted to enter Australia with medical exemptions.

    "What is not fair-play is the political witch hunt (being conducted against Novak), by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all," Vucic told the media.

    Vucic said the Australian ambassador had been contacted twice by Serbian authorities and Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic will be in touch with a senior member of Australia's Home Affairs department.

    The Serbians will ask the Australian authorities that at the very least Djokovic can stay, whilst his appeal is heard, in the house in Melbourne he had rented for the Australian Open (which runs from January 17 to January 30) and not in the hotel he has been sent to.

    "I fear that this relentless political pursuit of Novak will continue until the moment they can prove something, because when you cannot defeat somebody then you turn to these type of things," said Vucic.

    "Chaotic"

    In the Serbian capital Belgrade, Djokovic's father Srdjan led a demonstration alongside a few hundred others in front of the country's parliament.

    "We are not calling for violence... only for support" for Novak, Srdjan shouted into a megaphone, as the crowd waved Serbian flags and homemade signs, including a banner that read: "They are afraid of the best, stop corona fascism".

    Elsewhere in the Serbian capital, reactions to the fiasco appeared to be more mixed.

    "They do not let in their country people from other continents who have mud on their shoes let alone someone who is not vaccinated against a contagious disease," Mihailo Kljajic, a 29-year-old flight attendant, told AFP.

    "I don't know what he expected would happen," he added.

    Others were appalled by the situation.

    "It is chaotic, crazy, disgusting," said Branka Vuksanovic, a pensioner.

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    Australia has said it is investigating the visas of other foreign tennis players, after detaining Novak Djokovic in a chaotic row over vaccine rules.

    The men's world number one remains in immigration detention in Melbourne and is facing deportation after his entry to the country was denied on Wednesday.

    He has launched an urgent court challenge to be heard on Monday, a week before the Australian Open begins.

    Now more uncertainty surrounds the tournament schedule.

    In an interview, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said there was intelligence to "indicate there are some individuals here now that have not met the entry requirements and we have to investigate that," she told Channel 9 on Friday.

    However, she did not say how many other players were under investigation or who they were.

    Djokovic, who has said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the tournament for unspecified reasons, a decision that infuriated many Australians.

    The exemption was given by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia, the body that runs the event, and Victoria state, tournament organisers said.

    But on Wednesday, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials said the 34-year-old Serbian player had "failed to provide appropriate evidence" at Melbourne Airport.

    "If he hasn't filled out the forms appropriately then he's taking the sovereign capacity of another nation for a joke," Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told the BBC's Newshour programme.

    "100% someone's made a mistake and if he hasn't told the truth then the person who's made the mistake is Mr Djokovic."

    The federal government has criticised Tennis Australia for ignoring ABF advice about the requirements for entry. On Friday, Victoria said Tennis Australia had also failed to pass on this advice.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison is also being accused of politicising the issue. The prime minister himself is under pressure amid the surge of Covid-19 infections in the country, and a federal election is likely to be held in May.

    The row prompted Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to say Djokovic was a victim of "harassment" and that "the whole of Serbia" supported him.

    Mr Morrison has denied the visa cancellation was because of "any particular position in relation to Serbia".

    It is not yet clear how long Djokovic will remain in an immigration detention hotel that has often been criticised by refugees for its poor conditions. Serbia has demanded Australia move him to a nicer hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    That has been the case in Australia since the start, thousands of people missed our in seeing dying relatives as they couldn't get exemptions to leave! Yet we had all manner of celebs/sports people come and go.
    He is neither responsible for your country lockdown failure or increase in infection in spite of increase vaccination rate.
    You and others on this thread are angry with government failure but taking out on him.
    This is case of more jealousy that if I have suffered then he should also suffer
    You allow him or don't allow him, it is Australia personal choice but infection rate and covid policy has nothing to do with him
    Last if you are double vaccinated like me then don't fear with him, him not taking vaccine is dangerous for his health not to mine.
    You vaccination status should matter, if your vaccination don't work then it the fault of government and vaccination company.
    Last if you can get infection from anybody see how Rafa was super spreader in that event, gave to many players and his staff

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    If Novak is not taking vaccine he is dangerous to himself only or Monte Carlo health system only, if he want to die then let him die for his personal choice

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    Don't make him scape goat for different government lockdown failure policy or your loss of jobs, vaccine are avaible, I will advise everybody to take their

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navdeep Srivastava View Post
    He is neither responsible for your country lockdown failure or increase in infection in spite of increase vaccination rate.
    You and others on this thread are angry with government failure but taking out on him.
    This is case of more jealousy that if I have suffered then he should also suffer
    You allow him or don't allow him, it is Australia personal choice but infection rate and covid policy has nothing to do with him
    Last if you are double vaccinated like me then don't fear with him, him not taking vaccine is dangerous for his health not to mine.
    You vaccination status should matter, if your vaccination don't work then it the fault of government and vaccination company.
    Last if you can get infection from anybody see how Rafa was super spreader in that event, gave to many players and his staff
    You have misunderstood me, I feel that as long as someone had a negative PCR on arrival and not vaxxed they should be allowed in. We are a country which is 90% vaxxed so non vaxxed are not the issue, plus we are not covid zero country (have one the highest rates per capita in the world at the moment).

    Our government has used Novack for personal political gain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    You have misunderstood me, I feel that as long as someone had a negative PCR on arrival and not vaxxed they should be allowed in. We are a country which is 90% vaxxed so non vaxxed are not the issue, plus we are not covid zero country (have one the highest rates per capita in the world at the moment).

    Our government has used Novack for personal political gain!
    Actually this is what different government do, find a scaprgoat.
    I don't agree with his stance on vaccination, I am double jabbed myself but Novak is only liability for Monte Carlo and serbia health system.
    He is no risk to any vaccinated person

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    Our government has used Novack for personal political gain!
    What possible political gain would that be?.

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    @Gilly as you know we have an election in less then 6 months and he is diverting all attentions from his screw ups!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    @Gilly as you know we have an election in less then 6 months and he is diverting all attentions from his screw ups!
    What screw ups, the economy is fine, jobs are fine, the virus has been handled as good as any, what is he trying to hide?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navdeep Srivastava View Post
    Actually this is what different government do, find a scaprgoat.
    I don't agree with his stance on vaccination, I am double jabbed myself but Novak is only liability for Monte Carlo and serbia health system.
    He is no risk to any vaccinated person
    As I said 90% of population double vaxxed and proportion have the booster (including me), we should be able to accommodate someone without vaccination. Let's not forget the current BBL is being impacted by covid and the league and and staff 100% vaxxed!

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    Serbian government is going ballistic about No-vax.

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    BBC — Novak Djokovic: Australia's treatment of world number one is really bad, says Nick Kyrgios.

    Australian player Nick Kyrgios says his country's handling of Novak Djokovic's visa dispute has been "really bad" and urged officials to "do better".

    Serbia's Djokovic is in immigration detention because of a row over vaccine rules before the Australian Open.

    The men's world number one, 34, is facing deportation after his entry to the country was denied on Wednesday.

    "This is one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he is human," said Kyrgios.

    Djokovic has launched an urgent court challenge to be heard on Monday, a week before the Australian Open begins.

    Australia requires all foreign visitors entering the country to be double vaccinated. Otherwise, they need to complete 14 days in quarantine.

    The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who has previously said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the tournament for unspecified reasons, a decision that infuriated many Australians.

    That exemption was given by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia, the body that runs the Australian Open, and Victoria state, tournament organisers said.

    However, the public outcry in Australia over the exemption prompted Scott Morrison, the country's prime minister, to say that Djokovic would be sent home if he failed to provide proper medical proof for his exemption.

    Djokovic was quizzed for hours about his exemption evidence at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and is still awaiting a decision on whether he can stay in the country.

    Kyrgios, 26, has been a vocal critic of Djokovic in the past.

    He described Djokovic's decision to organise an exhibition event in the Balkans early in the pandemic - where the Serb and several others later tested positive for coronavirus - as "bone-headed".

    When Djokovic wrote to Australian Open organisers asking them to ease quarantine restrictions for players last year, Kyrgios called him "a tool".

    But the Australian has now spoken out about the treatment of the Serb as he awaits the outcome of Monday's appeal.

    "Look I definitely believe in taking action - I got vaccinated because of others and for my mum's health," he wrote on Twitter.

    "But how we are handling Novak's situation is bad, really bad. Do better."

    American player John Isner said there is "no justification" for the treatment received by Djokovic in Melbourne.

    "What Novak is going through right now is not right," said Isner, who also wrote #IStandWithNovak in the Twitter post.

    "He followed the rules, was allowed to enter Australia, and now he's being detained against his own will. This is such a shame."

    Canadian player Vasek Pospisil, who set up the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) alongside the Serb, urged Djokovic to "stay strong".

    The PTPA said it had been in close contact with Djokovic, who had "verified his wellbeing" to the organisation.

    "He has also requested that we allow him to personally share the facts of his detainment in his own words, and in his own time," the body added.

    Former US Open champion Marin Cilic said the episode was not good for the sport, and expressed hope that it would be resolved quickly.

    "Definitely it's not a great picture for tennis," said the Croat.

    Djokovic's wife Jelena thanked people for using their voice "to send love" to the player.

    "We wish we were all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience," she wrote on Instagram.

    Djokovic has won the Australian Open men's singles title on a record nine occasions. The Grand Slam tournament begins at Melbourne Park on 17 January.

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    FURTHER UPDATE

    Czech tennis player Renata Voracova detained by Australian Border Force

    Female tennis player Renata Voracova has been detained by Australian Border Force officials and asked to leave the country.

    A source familiar with the case said the Czech player entered Australia with a vaccine exemption on the basis she had been infected with COVID-19 in the last six months.

    This was the same reason used by Novak Djokovic.

    The 38-year-old, who has already played in a warm-up tournament, is being held in the same Melbourne inner-city hotel as Djokovic.

    It’s not clear if she will appeal against the decision.

    Border Force is also pursuing a third Australian Open participant, an official, who entered using the same vaccine exemption.

    The Victorian Health Department and a Tennis Australia expert panel granted exemptions to the trio because the panels believed a prior infection warranted an exemption.

    However, the federal government informed Tennis Australia in November it would not allow international arrivals to bypass vaccine requirements on this basis.

    Tennis Australia believes there was a grey area in regard to whether the exemption reason was valid.

    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/czec...07-p59mq2.html

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    Been watching this with great interest and it seems like one of two things is most likely to happen.

    Probably the case go long with appeal after appeal in which case it's useless for Djokovic because he'll miss the AO and he'll just go home.

    Or less likely the decision is overturned and he is allowed to play which won't go down well but at least the government can blame the court system.

    Based on what I have read and seen, Djokovic is unlikely to play the AO but he's likely to win the case whether it's a quick or short one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bones View Post
    Been watching this with great interest and it seems like one of two things is most likely to happen.

    Probably the case go long with appeal after appeal in which case it's useless for Djokovic because he'll miss the AO and he'll just go home.

    Or less likely the decision is overturned and he is allowed to play which won't go down well but at least the government can blame the court system.

    Based on what I have read and seen, Djokovic is unlikely to play the AO but he's likely to win the case whether it's a quick or short one.
    This one is getting so much attention that it could end up being a “test case” for future points of reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    As I said 90% of population double vaxxed and proportion have the booster (including me), we should be able to accommodate someone without vaccination. Let's not forget the current BBL is being impacted by covid and the league and and staff 100% vaxxed!
    Why should the rule be different for a successful sportsman?

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    Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic will be allowed to play in the French Open later this year even if he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, France's sports minister said on Friday.

    Australia's decision to revoke a visa Djokovic had been granted on the basis of a medical exemption ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne has stirred furore, pitting those who say he should never have been offered entry against his supporters.

    France does not bar unvaccinated people from entering its territory but imposes tougher restrictions than on those who have had the shot.

    Sports minister Roxane Maracineanu said International Tennis Federation protocols at major events meant an unvaccinated player would be entitled to enter France and participate in Roland Garros, which begins in May.

    As the Omicron variant drives a surge in COVID-19 around the world, public frustration has mounted towards unvaccinated people in France and elsewhere. President Emmanuel Macron this week said he wanted to "**** off" the unvaccinated by making their lives difficult to spur them into getting the shot.

    Macron's opponents accused him of using language ill-suited to a president and seeking to bolster his credentials ahead of April's election, although analysts said his words would resonate with many people.

    Djokovic, 34, has consistently refused to disclose his vaccination status, while publicly criticising mandatory vaccines. He has not revealed the grounds for the exemption.

    "He would not follow the same organisational arrangements as those who are vaccinated," Maracineanu told FranceInfo radio. "But he will nonetheless be able to compete (at Roland Garros) because the protocols, the health bubble, allows it."

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    Novak Djokovic breaks silence from inside quarantine hotel in Australia
    Novak Djokovic has thanked fans for their continued support as he awaits the result of his appeal after being blocked from entering Australia in a row over COVID rules.

    In a message to supporters on Instagram, the tennis world number one wrote: "Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated."

    And in a message written in Serbian, he said: "Thank you to my family, Serbia and all good people across the world who are sending me support. Thanks to dear God for health."He also posted a Christmas message to fans on his Instagram story.

    It comes after his wife also thanked his fans for "using your voice to send love to my husband" while he remains in a quarantine hotel.

    "Thank you dear people, all around the world for using your voice to send love to my husband," Jelena Djokovic wrote on Instagram and Twitter.

    In messages marking Christmas in Serbia, she wrote: "I am taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening."The only law that we should all respect across every single border is Love and respect for another human being.

    "Love and forgiveness is never a mistake but a powerful force. Wishing you all well!"Djokovic is still in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne following a row over a COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption.

    He is awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the decision by Australian Border Force to cancel his entry visa and deport him - with little hope remaining of him being able to compete in the Australian Open.

    On Thursday, Djokovic's father claimed his son has been made a scapegoat and "crucified".

    Srdjan Djokovic demonstrated outside the National Assembly buildings in Belgrade and told a press conference: "He met all the required conditions for the entry and participation at the tournament that he would have certainly won, since it's Novak, the best tennis player and sportsman in the world.

    "Jesus was crucified and endured many things, but is still alive among us. Novak is also crucified… He will endure."

    He added: "Novak and his team filed the same type of documents as those 25 other tennis players and they didn't have any problems, just Novak. They wanted to humiliate him.

    "He's not in detention, he's in prison. They took all of his stuff, even his wallet. They left him with just a phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face. He's in prison, our pride is a prisoner of these idiots."

    https://news.sky.com/story/novak-djo...ralia-12510999

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Why should the rule be different for a successful sportsman?
    Because they always have been in Australia, plus if we have 90% vax why can't some ppl be unvaccinated? As we have been told the vaccine protects us first and foremost from ending up hospital etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    Because they always have been in Australia, plus if we have 90% vax why can't some ppl be unvaccinated? As we have been told the vaccine protects us first and foremost from ending up hospital etc?
    That’s not the rule. Australia has strict immigration criteria. No vaccination, no entry unless there is a persuasive reason given by a doctor.

    So why should this rich guy get special treatment?

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    Grand Slam should be moved to another location, possibly Dubai where this nonsense isnt needed.

    Novak is arguably the GOAT of tennis, having him not playing will devalue the tournament.

    Australia's laws are borderline facism imo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Grand Slam should be moved to another location, possibly Dubai where this nonsense isnt needed.

    Novak is arguably the GOAT of tennis, having him not playing will devalue the tournament.

    Australia's laws are borderline facism imo.
    Nah rules are rules, bro. Also I don't get why you're supporting someone that is the face of the fascist movement now, the Serb media and government has a victim complex and and now they're trying to make it seem like Novak is a sacrifice for being Serb, they've had this complex since the Balkan wars. These are the same fascists who still hate all Muslims because of the Ottomans and think they're the last crusaders of Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giannis View Post
    Nah rules are rules, bro. Also I don't get why you're supporting someone that is the face of the fascist movement now, the Serb media and government has a victim complex and and now they're trying to make it seem like Novak is a sacrifice for being Serb, they've had this complex since the Balkan wars. These are the same fascists who still hate all Muslims because of the Ottomans and think they're the last crusaders of Europe.
    Its not about the player Novak as others have also either refused to travel to Aus or also were denied visas.

    Tennis esp the grand slams are for world players. Its a huge world tournament, those who quailify didnt vote for Aus PM or ministers, they might not agree with their strict rules. Thus the open should be held in a nation/land where all can play with or without a vaccine. A negative test should be enought and it makes more sense as vaccinated can also be infected and trasmit.


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    Djokovic Sr comparing Novak’s plight to the crucifixion of Jesus, as far as analogies go was perhaps a little over the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritOf1903 View Post
    He's won 9 of his twenty slams there and would break overall record..so
    He has a phenomenal record there no doubt but this issue goes beyond tennis now.

    He was given the green light tp travel in to Australia, then soon as he lands, het gets chucked into detention - ***?

    He should snub the AO and tell them where to go. It's pointless appealing as there's slim chance of winning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    He has a phenomenal record there no doubt but this issue goes beyond tennis now.

    He was given the green light tp travel in to Australia, then soon as he lands, het gets chucked into detention - ***?

    He should snub the AO and tell them where to go. It's pointless appealing as there's slim chance of winning.
    Detaining him is as pathetic as it gets. He should demand to be on the next flight home and wow to never travel to Aus again.

    On the plus side Novak lasted longer in Aus, than England Ashes hopes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Djokovic Sr comparing Novak’s plight to the crucifixion of Jesus, as far as analogies go was perhaps a little over the top.
    I dont understand - if he is so convinced about not vaccinating then why doesnt he leave?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Giannis View Post
    Nah rules are rules, bro. Also I don't get why you're supporting someone that is the face of the fascist movement now, the Serb media and government has a victim complex and and now they're trying to make it seem like Novak is a sacrifice for being Serb, they've had this complex since the Balkan wars. These are the same fascists who still hate all Muslims because of the Ottomans and think they're the last crusaders of Europe.
    While I think his stance on vaccines and scientific medicine is nonsensical and ridiculous, I have a degree of sympathy for the bloke. Tennis Australia and the Victorian govt granted him an exemption but Australia Border Force stopped him. Obviously what Border Force says goes, they take precedence, but it’s embarrassing for Australia as the three establishments have different interpretations of the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I dont understand - if he is so convinced about not vaccinating then why doesnt he leave?
    He's detained while discussing his exemption.

    Again, a negative test is more secure for all than a vaccination certificate. The rules in Aus lack basic intelligence.


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    The rules of double vaxxed is stupid as we are not a zero cobid country! A negative test should suffice and if need be have additional criteria in place as non vaxxed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    The rules of double vaxxed is stupid as we are not a zero cobid country! A negative test should suffice and if need be have additional criteria in place as non vaxxed!
    Im glad someone in Australia understands this. He's not putting anyone else at risk but himself.

    Australia has the highest infection rates to date.

    How are Aussies finding the extreme lockdowns? Some of the rhetoric of Aussie ministers is not much far extreme fascist words.

    He has been placed in a run down dirty hotel along with refugees and others. This is nothing less than a hotel prison.

    Aussies have no idea the harm they are doing to their nation. Many more sports stars will refuse to travel to Aus in the future. The treatment of English cricketers has also been poor.

    Why are the Aussies so scared compared to the Brits or others?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Im glad someone in Australia understands this. He's not putting anyone else at risk but himself.

    Australia has the highest infection rates to date.

    How are Aussies finding the extreme lockdowns? Some of the rhetoric of Aussie ministers is not much far extreme fascist words.

    He has been placed in a run down dirty hotel along with refugees and others. This is nothing less than a hotel prison.

    Aussies have no idea the harm they are doing to their nation. Many more sports stars will refuse to travel to Aus in the future. The treatment of English cricketers has also been poor.

    Why are the Aussies so scared compared to the Brits or others?
    Because we have had a covid zero approach....and we have named and shamed people who are blamed for covid outbreak or arrived in a state during a lockdown - such as the taxi driver in Bondi or 2 girls who arrived in Brisbane after spending time in Mel and lying about.

    The messaging has been about zero from day 1 and our government could enact all their Aussie first rules by shutting the world out etc.

    I have no issues with vaccines (I had my booster just before xmas) but I also believe everyone should have a choice and process put in place for those that don't want the vaccine on ideological grounds.

    Also I don't care that Novak is far right Serb who hates Muslims, I am looking at the situation without any bias. No one should be treated like that especially when our government used him to make a point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    Because we have had a covid zero approach....and we have named and shamed people who are blamed for covid outbreak or arrived in a state during a lockdown - such as the taxi driver in Bondi or 2 girls who arrived in Brisbane after spending time in Mel and lying about.

    The messaging has been about zero from day 1 and our government could enact all their Aussie first rules by shutting the world out etc.

    I have no issues with vaccines (I had my booster just before xmas) but I also believe everyone should have a choice and process put in place for those that don't want the vaccine on ideological grounds.

    Also I don't care that Novak is far right Serb who hates Muslims, I am looking at the situation without any bias. No one should be treated like that especially when our government used him to make a point!
    What is the point the government are trying to make?.

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    That they are tough on borders Scotty catch cry! Even though they let in other players/support staff with the same visa and then had to look for her and put her in the same detention hotel!

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    Tennis star Novak Djokovic had a vaccine exemption to enter Australia due to a recent Covid infection, his lawyers say in court documents.

    "The date of the first positive Covid PCR test was recorded on 16 December 2021," they said.

    Djokovic was denied entry to Australia after landing in Melbourne this week to play in the Australian Open.

    He is currently in immigration detention with a court challenge due on Monday.

    The case involving the world's top ranked tennis player has caused a huge outcry in Australia and made waves around the world.

    Djokovic, who has said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the tournament in a decision that infuriated many ordinary Australians.

    But the Serbian was dramatically denied entry on landing. On Wednesday, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials said the 34-year-old player had "failed to provide appropriate evidence" at Melbourne Airport.

    In court documents released on Saturday, Djokovic's lawyers said that 14 days after testing positive in December, the player "had not had a fever or respiratory symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 72 hours".

    There had been no prior announcement of his infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    That they are tough on borders Scotty catch cry! Even though they let in other players/support staff with the same visa and then had to look for her and put her in the same detention hotel!
    So the states don't have control of the borders and Scotty makes all the decisions.

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    Novak Djokovic's requests for access to his personal chef and a tennis court have been rejected by Australian officials, according to reports.

    The Australian newspaper reported that the world tennis number one has been denied any "special treatment" during his stay in immigration custody.

    Djokovic is spending a third day in a Melbourne hotel that has doubled up as an immigration detention facility - a couple of miles from the luxury hotels where most Australian Open players are staying.

    He is currently embroiled in a row over whether he is exempt from the country's COVID vaccination rules, and is facing deportation after his visa was cancelled.

    Lawyers representing the 34-year-old are planning to appeal in court on Monday.

    A summary of their case has indicated he tested positive for COVID-19 on 16 December and he had a valid visa and medical exemption from the organiser of the Australian Open.

    He has also requested alternative accommodation so he could train for the tournament which starts on 17 January.

    Djokovic, who has expressed scepticism about coronavirus vaccines in the past, wrote on Instagram yesterday: "Thank you to the people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated."

    The furore meant the Serbian tennis star was unable to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Friday - an important religious holiday.

    A priest from the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Melbourne had attempted to visit Djokovic, but was turned down by immigration officials because the hotel is under lockdown.

    Supporters of the nine-time Australian Open champion have gathered outside the Park Hotel, waving banners as he remains cooped up inside.

    About 30 asylum seekers are being housed one floor above Djokovic in the Park Hotel - and some of them have been held there for two years.

    They were moved to Melbourne after being evacuated for medical treatment from Australia's controversial detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

    Even before Djokovic's arrival, the hotel had hit headlines amid allegations that maggots and mould were in the bread given to detainees.

    Hossein Latifi told the Reuters news agency: "We are stuck in our room. There is no fresh air. We don't have any place for training. There is no gym here. It's very hard."

    The 32-year-old, who is originally from Iran, added: "We are refugees, we are innocent people - we've not committed any crime. They just keep me like hostage here."

    The third and fourth floors of the Park Hotel were damaged by fire on 23 December - and during an evacuation, some asylum seekers ended up becoming infected with COVID because they were held together with quarantining passengers who had tested positive.

    Daily numbers of coronavirus infections in Australia are repeatedly breaking records as the Omicron variant spreads.

    An unprecedented 45,098 new infections were reported in New South Wales, the country's most populous state, on Saturday - up from 38,625 the day before.

    The surge has prompted New South Wales to reintroduce some restrictions, with dancing and singing in pubs and nightclubs now prohibited.

    Health officials in the state believe cases may only peak at the end of January, warning: "We have got some challenging weeks ahead of us. But we have been planning for this pandemic and continuing to reinvent ourselves for two years now."

    Even some of those who have criticised the star in the past for his remarks on vaccines have spoken out against the way he is being treated.

    Nick Kyrgios - an Australian player who called Djokovic a "tool" after he requested quarantine rules to be relaxed last year - tweeted:

    "Look, I definitely believe in taking action, I got vaccinated because of others and for my mum's health, but how we are handling Novak's situation is bad, really bad.

    "This is one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he is human. Do better."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    So the states don't have control of the borders and Scotty makes all the decisions.
    States control state border and Scotty the international....buy you know that.....remember he has tried to force the states to open borders

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Im glad someone in Australia understands this. He's not putting anyone else at risk but himself.

    Australia has the highest infection rates to date.

    How are Aussies finding the extreme lockdowns? Some of the rhetoric of Aussie ministers is not much far extreme fascist words.

    He has been placed in a run down dirty hotel along with refugees and others. This is nothing less than a hotel prison.

    Aussies have no idea the harm they are doing to their nation. Many more sports stars will refuse to travel to Aus in the future. The treatment of English cricketers has also been poor.

    Why are the Aussies so scared compared to the Brits or others?
    Actually they are doing really well - 90 deaths / million population, compared to 2000 deaths / million like us, suggesting that their policies work much better than ours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Actually they are doing really well - 90 deaths / million population, compared to 2000 deaths / million like us, suggesting that their policies work much better than ours.
    The strict border controls have slowed the rate of infection but it wont stop the virus, we know that in time it will spread throughout Australia but we are learning from countries that have been hit harder than us. The main object is to have everyone prepared as best we can and it is proven that double vax will reduce hospitalizations reducing the stress on the health system.

    Once a law is passed making it compulsory to be vaccinated it ensures that everyone gets the opportunity to get vaccinations. If its law then everyone must be given access to vaccinations and no groups get overlooked. If it is not a law then its not the governments responsibility so this makes it the governments responsibility to get every person in Australia vaccinated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    The strict border controls have slowed the rate of infection but it wont stop the virus, we know that in time it will spread throughout Australia but we are learning from countries that have been hit harder than us. The main object is to have everyone prepared as best we can and it is proven that double vax will reduce hospitalizations reducing the stress on the health system.

    Once a law is passed making it compulsory to be vaccinated it ensures that everyone gets the opportunity to get vaccinations. If its law then everyone must be given access to vaccinations and no groups get overlooked. If it is not a law then its not the governments responsibility so this makes it the governments responsibility to get every person in Australia vaccinated.
    The important thing is to ensure that your hospitals don’t get overwhelmed like ours have been due to Doris Nonsense. Try to manage the inevitable caseload slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    The important thing is to ensure that your hospitals don’t get overwhelmed like ours have been due to Doris Nonsense. Try to manage the inevitable caseload slowly.
    Yes indeed.

    We should stick to the topic in this thread though please — eg Mr Djokovic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salma_T View Post
    Because we have had a covid zero approach....and we have named and shamed people who are blamed for covid outbreak or arrived in a state during a lockdown - such as the taxi driver in Bondi or 2 girls who arrived in Brisbane after spending time in Mel and lying about.

    The messaging has been about zero from day 1 and our government could enact all their Aussie first rules by shutting the world out etc.

    I have no issues with vaccines (I had my booster just before xmas) but I also believe everyone should have a choice and process put in place for those that don't want the vaccine on ideological grounds.

    Also I don't care that Novak is far right Serb who hates Muslims, I am looking at the situation without any bias. No one should be treated like that especially when our government used him to make a point!
    I remember reading a woman was jailed for travelling from one state to another.

    I always thought Australia was a liberal, free society, where people believe in their rights and fight for them. But no offence to you or any other Aussie, the people seem to be easily fooled and easily accept draconian and extreme laws placed upon them.

    Im glad im in the UK, I would leave Aus right now if I was a resident.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Actually they are doing really well - 90 deaths / million population, compared to 2000 deaths / million like us, suggesting that their policies work much better than ours.
    This is too simplistic. Australia has difference climate esp sunshine. Its a large nation with heathier people. Not to add the UK stats have proven by government admission they are not accurate.

    Good numbers but no freedom. Whatever floats your boat.


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    Novak Djokovic pictured with young players the day after lawyers say he tested positive for COVID

    A photograph taken by the Tennis Association of Serbia showed the world number one meeting with the youngsters but it is not clear if he knew he had coronavirus at the time.

    World tennis number one Novak Djokovic appears to have been photographed with young players the day after his lawyers said he tested positive for COVID-19.

    Djokovic is currently being held in an immigration detention centre in Australia after arriving in the country without proof of vaccination.

    He is now fighting deportation from the country days before the start of the Australian Open which he hopes to compete in later this month.

    The 34-year-old Serbian, an outspoken critic of mass vaccination, said in his court application he had a valid visa and medical exemption from the organiser of the tournament because he tested positive for coronavirus on 16 December last year.

    Gluten-free food deliveries, exercise equipment and a SIM card to contact family - the conditions in tennis star's immigration detention

    However, a press release from the Tennis Association of Serbia appears to show Djokovic meeting with young tennis players the next day.

    It is unclear if Djokovic knew if he had COVID when the pictures were taken.

    The photographs are from an awards ceremony which took place at the Novak Tennis Center in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

    Djokovic can be seen standing with young people who are holding up their trophies.

    Another shows the defending Australian Open winner standing at the back of a group shot.

    Tennis Australia has 'not knowingly misled players'

    Sky News has not been able to confirm when the event took place, but the Tennis Association of Serbia shared the images on 17 December and referred to the ceremony as taking place "today".

    The press release states that the event was held "without a wider audience because of epidemiological measures due to the coronavirus pandemic".

    The date Djokovic said he tested positive for coronavirus - 16 December - was the same day he was presented with a stamp by the Serbian national postal service at the PTT Museum in the capital Belgrade. He tweeted about the presentation the following day.

    Members of Djokovic's family and supporters of the tennis star who are opposed to his detention in Australia have taken part in protest action in Belgrade.

    Srdjan Djokovic, the six-time Wimbledon champion's father, said: "Guys, this has nothing to do with sport, has nothing to do with Novak, this is a political decision, political.

    "We are not angry with the people of Australia, we are actually angry with their politicians, with those guys who now keep arguing among themselves as to who is right - the federal government or the local government where (the city of) Melbourne is, or the Tennis Association of Australia, etc. He certainly wouldn't have gone there if they hadn't given him the permit to enter (Australia) and win the 10th grand slam, the Australian Open."

    Reports say Tennis Australia told unvaccinated players they may be able to obtain a temporary exemption if they had recovered from COVID in the past six months, according to a leaked letter.

    Tennis Australia said it had not knowingly misled players and had always urged players to get vaccinated.

    Why is Djokovic being denied entry to Australia - and what are their travel rules?

    "We have always been consistent in our communications to players that vaccination is the best course of action - not just as the right thing to do to protect themselves and others, but also as the best course of action to ensure they could arrive in Australia," Tennis Australia said in a statement quoted by local media.

    Djokovic was detained after his visa was cancelled on Thursday, hours after he arrived at Melbourne Airport.

    Czech player's visa revoked

    The tennis player will argue for his visa to be reinstated at a court hearing on Monday.

    Djokovic has been given access to gluten-free meal deliveries and exercise equipment during his stay in immigration detention, according to the Serbian prime minister's office.

    Serbian officials are "trying everything to make the situation easier for Djokovic", a statement said.

    It comes as two other people connected to the Australian Open voluntarily left the country after being told to do so by border officials.

    One of them is Czech player Renata Voracova, whose visa was also revoked due to issues with her exemption.

    https://news.sky.com/story/novak-djo...snt-sf-twitter

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    So according to his lawyers, Novak got the exemption because he tested positive for Covid-19 on 16th December.

    Here's a photo from 17th December:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Actually they are doing really well - 90 deaths / million population, compared to 2000 deaths / million like us, suggesting that their policies work much better than ours.
    2000 per million is 0.002%. This means well less than 1%. Why doesn’t the media focus on the 99.9% survival rate in the UK?

    Comparing Australia with UK is like comparing oil and water. Australia 32 times the size of UK in terms of land mass and has roughly a 3rd of the UK population.

    The media has people focusing on the death rate, not on the 99.9% survival rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    2000 per million is 0.002%. This means well less than 1%. Why doesn’t the media focus on the 99.9% survival rate in the UK?

    Comparing Australia with UK is like comparing oil and water. Australia 32 times the size of UK in terms of land mass and has roughly a 3rd of the UK population.

    The media has people focusing on the death rate, not on the 99.9% survival rate.
    0.2%

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    I remember reading a woman was jailed for travelling from one state to another.

    I always thought Australia was a liberal, free society, where people believe in their rights and fight for them. But no offence to you or any other Aussie, the people seem to be easily fooled and easily accept draconian and extreme laws placed upon them.

    Im glad im in the UK, I would leave Aus right now if I was a resident.
    I am not an Aussie, a Brit who has been here for a a long time!
    We managed it early pretty well with closing borders and quarantine etc but now with 90% vaccinated across the states that are open for business (ex WA) we shouldn't be too worried about the status of someone coming in for business essentially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    This is too simplistic. Australia has difference climate esp sunshine. Its a large nation with heathier people. Not to add the UK stats have proven by government admission they are not accurate.

    Good numbers but no freedom. Whatever floats your boat.
    If compare our deaths to our nearest neighbour NZ it doesn't look as good, they had 10 deaths per million with all the same restrictions such as closed borders etc.
    Plus we are not a healthier country we have a huge obesity problem and rank in the top 5 I believe.

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    Novak Djokovic was sleep-deprived and pressured by Australian officials to cancel his visa after being detained at Melbourne airport, his legal team have argued.

    Representatives for the world's top-ranked tennis player also claim he was given a medical exemption after testing positive for COVID-19 on 16 December.

    The tennis star touched down in the country late on Wednesday night, ahead of the start of the Australian Open.

    However, he is now embroiled in a row over whether he is exempt from the country's COVID vaccination rules, and is facing deportation if his appeal is unsuccessful.

    https://news.sky.com/story/novak-djo...claim-12512101


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    The whole thing is a joke. Funny that in many parts of the world like Afghanistan people are not even wearing masks. Political leaders in their meetings are not doing so either then why are people being told to do this and that? It makes no sense to me at all.


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