Anthony Albanese rushes to immigration minister Alex Hawke to make final decision on Novak Djokovic visa case

While the world awaits a decision, Morrison’s government has been thrown a relentless sleigh over its handling of Novak Djokovic.

Morrison’s government has been slated for how long it took to make a decision on Novak Djokovic’s visa.

The world has waited days for a decision from the Secretary of Immigration, Alex Hawke.

Mr Hawke has the power to become the world No. 1 tennis player should remain despite a court decision.

If the minister reverses the decision, Djokovic will be sent back to Serbia, denying him the chance to participate in the Australian Open.

He could also be banned from entering Australia for three years.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Morrison’s government had to act quickly to put the matter to rest as it slipped into a relentless sleigh.

“How long does it take for the focus group to get the answer before responding to this issue?” he told reporters on Thursday.

“Frankly, this debacle causes a huge international embarrassment.”

A spokesman for Mr Hawke said he received “lengthy submissions and documentation” from the tennis player’s legal team on Wednesday, delaying the visa decision.

Djokovic was granted a visa to enter Australia despite not being vaccinated, having had a recent Covid-19 infection.

But when he arrived at Melbourne Airport, he was told that he had no valid exemption and that his visa had been revoked.

His lawyers immediately appealed, with the case being heard on Monday.

A judge overturned the visa cancellation and released Djokovic from detention.

Hawke immediately indicated that he is considering using a different mechanism to kick Djokovic out.

Since then, more questions have been raised about Djokovic’s answers to his entry form, including allegations that he lied about not traveling abroad before flying to Australia.

During the Christmas period, photos of him have appeared in both Serbia and Spain.

To meet the requirement, he would have had to spend the entire two weeks in Spain – his port of departure – before flying to Australia.

Questions have also been raised about the veracity of Djokovic’s December 16 positive test.

Djokovic was photographed in public a day later, with his mother claiming her son “probably didn’t know” he had Covid.

Djokovic took to social media in an attempt to clear up confusion, saying he made a “error of judgment” by not immediately isolating himself after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

He also blamed “human error” on his support team for the error on his travel document.

Originally published as Brutal sled over visa decision Novak Djokovic

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