1 hr agoAustralian Border Force investigating whether Djokovic lied on entry formFrom CNN’s Angus Watson in Sydney, Australia
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic trains in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament on Tuesday. (Kelly Defina/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)The Australian Border Force (ABF) is investigating whether Novak Djokovic submitted a false travel declaration ahead of arrival in Australia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
Djokovic declared he had not traveled and would not do so in the 14 days leading to his arrival in Australia on Wednesday January 5, according to a travel declaration submitted as evidence to the court determining whether he would be allowed to remain in Australia.
Various pictures taken during that two-week period appear to show Djokovic in both Spain and Serbia.
While court documents show that Tennis Australia filled out the travel declaration on Djokovic’s behalf, the information used was provided by Djokovic, an ABF officer at Melbourne airport on January 5 determined.
The penalty for submitting a false travel declaration carries a maximum penalty of 12 months prison, according to the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
Djokovic’s media team has not responded to CNN’s requests for comment.
The ABF investigation comes as Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke considers whether to exert his personal power to cancel Djokovic’s reinstated visa.
5 hr 32 min agoNovak Djokovic is dividing opinion in Melbourne From CNN’s Hannah Ritchie in Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne residents were split on the Djokovic visa situation when CNN took to the streets of the Australian Open host city on Tuesday.
Here’s what they had to say:
Kate Needham, 50, a technology consultant and Melbourne resident said Djokovic is “good for the game.”
“But I’m not sure that he’s actually done everything he should have done to be able to play and coming to Australia, though he was issued a visa.”
A Melbourne lawyer, who did not want to be named, supported Djokovic’s presence in Australia.
“I probably have an unpopular opinion. I don’t mind it, but I thought it was good for him to be here and good for the spirit of the Open,” they said.
Nelson Shaw, 41, a teacher in the city, disagreed, saying “it’s a double standard.”
“He’s no different to anyone else, but yet there’s been special considerations made for him,” Shaw said.
GP Linda Dodgson, 52, said Djokovic “should be treated the same as everybody.”
“If he’s unvaccinated he should either quarantine like everybody else or be deported, otherwise it’s unfair. Just because you’re rich and famous, why should you be treated anyway else?”
1 hr 29 min agoAustralian immigration minister is still considering Djokovic’s caseVisitors at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne on Tuesday. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)Australia’s immigration minister is still considering whether to remove Novak Djokovic from the country, 24 hours after a judge ruled the tennis star could stay.
A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke told CNN: “As noted yesterday in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, Minister Hawke is considering whether to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act.
“In line with due process, Minister Hawke will thoroughly consider the matter.
“As the issue is ongoing, for legal reasons it is inappropriate to comment further.”7 hr 37 min agoAustralia has surpassed 1 million Covid-19 cases From CNN’s Lizzy Yee
Cars line up at the Warringah Aquatic Centre Histopath Pathology Covid-19 drive-through testing clinic on January 10, in Sydney, Australia. (Jenny Evans/Getty Images)Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday the country must “keep moving forward” after it surpassed 1 million total reported Covid-19 cases amid a surge in new infections driven by the Omicron variant.
New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, accounts for nearly half a million cases since the pandemic began, according to a CNN tally. On Monday, it reported 18 Covid-related deaths, according to NSW Health — the highest single day total for the state.
As of Monday night, the number of active cases in the country stands at nearly 588,000, of which 445,000 came under investigation in the previous seven days, according to data issued by the Department of Health, States & Territories.
Despite the emergence of Omicron, Morrison has dismissed the possibility of a lockdown.
“Omicron is a gear change and we have to push through. That’s what Omicron is about. We’re dealing with serious volumes of cases but we are not seeing the same impact proportionally from previous variants,” he said in a news conference. “You have two choices here. You can push through or you can lock down. We’re for pushing through. That’s how you get through this.”On Tuesday, New South Wales reported 25,870 new cases and Victoria — the state that’s home to Australian Open host, Melbourne — added 37,994 new infections, according to state health authorities.
9 hr 16 min agoAustralian and Serbian leaders discuss Djokovic From CNN’s Angus Watson in Sydney
The Djokovic saga has now reached levels of international diplomacy after the Prime Ministers of Australia and Serbia discussed the situation in a call on Tuesday.
It comes as Australia’s immigration minister considered stepping in to remove the tennis player from the country, despite the court ruling in his favor.
“The PM had a constructive call with PM (Ana) Brnabić this morning on Novak Djokovic,” according to a readout of the call from the office of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “The PM explained our non-discriminatory border policy and its role in protecting Australia during the Covid-19 pandemic. They both agreed to stay in contact on the issue, and to further strengthening the bilateral relationship.”Djokovic won an appeal to have his visa cancellation quashed Monday, drawing a warning from the Australian government that it reserved the right to use the personal powers of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to remove him.
Hawke’s office said late Monday the minister had not yet decided. No public statement has been offered by Hawke’s office so far on Tuesday.
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