"No-one is or will be receiving special treatment because of who they are or what they have achieved professionally," says Victorian minister Jaala Pulford on Novak Djokovic.

False. Athletes, actors and the wealthy have received special treatment since day one of the pandemic.
"I think lots of people in the Victorian community will find this to be a disappointing outcome, but the process is the process. Nobody has had special treatment."
Tennis Australian CEO Craig Tiley: "It’s important to recognise and it’s important to communicate to the Australian public that this not preferential treatment for anyone, even though it may feel that way."
He's encouraged Novak Djokovic to be as "open and honest" as he can be about the reason for his exemption "as we've been here today".
"Novak's comments would be helpful," Tiley says.

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