Australia’s government says it is within the Immigration Minister’s powers to consider cancelling the visa of Novak Djokovic, despite today’s court ruling.
It appeared that Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the cancellation of the tennis stars visa after a court said he will be allowed to stay in Australia and have his passport returned to him.
Following the court decision, the Serb was ordered to be immediately released from immigration detention.
The main reason for the concession was that Djokovic was not given enough time to seek advice and respond to the intention to cancel the visa when he was detained at Melbourne airport.
But what we’re waiting on now is whether another federal government minister – the minister for immigration – will use a separate set of powers to cancel the visa again.
A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement:
“Following today’s Federal Circuit and Family Court determination on a procedural ground, it remains within Immigration Minister Hawke’s discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic’s visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C(3) of the Migration Act.
“The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing.”
Djokovic, who is likely inside the office of his lawyers in Melbourne’s Rialto tower on Collins Street, is yet to show his face too, The Age reported.
A bunch of his fans have gathered outside the precinct in support.