Comments on the Novak rejection and the inaccurate reporting of what the issue seems to be.
There's a lot of very loose claims this is a 'VISA issue'. First up, no Aus VISA has been legally amended to be linked to vax status. Vax status is a fully separate & different doc requirement that while needed is not technically a 'VISA issue'. Claiming it is, is inaccurate.
While Novak appears to have correctly received an exemption from a VIC panel on the basis of prior infection, which is in line with ATAGI guidelines & have been granted to hundreds of Aussies, that doc obviously isn't internationally recognised.
What seems to have happened is that he turned up to an international border without an internationally-recognised certificate, like the one Medicare grants Aussies who need to travel to prove their status is legit.
This seems to be inaccurately being reported by the media as Border Force deciding his prior infection 'isn't sufficient'. What is significantly more likely is that he didn't have the extra piece of paper they can normally recognise.
This may become embarrassing & problematic for Aus very quickly. Prior infection is recognised equally to vax status in many countries around the world, mandates or not. All he lacked was the right paperwork - which it appears by all accounts he did actually qualify for.
This means if Novak pursues this legally he will almost certainly win a
(against somebody) & all he needs is an internationally-recognised certificate to fix this. Ironically, if he's recently had covid he's LESS of a spreader risk to Aus/the AO than the vxd ones who haven't.
What seems to be a simple paperwork bungle has now created an international incident, with the Serbian president publicly accusing Aus of harassing Novak. Current bets are this gets backtracked - hard - in the next 48hrs. Would also be amazed if the AO remains in VIC after this.
All of this stems from Aus's utterly unhinged morality view they've applied to being vxd where the idea of just getting & recovering from a disease is some kind of moral failing unless you took a certain medication. Our pollies deserve every scrap of bad PR that comes from this.
It's worth mentioning that if Novak played & won it would be a record-setting & historic moment in sports history pinning him as one of the best of all time. All of which means nothing to the supposed sporting & events capital of the world, a title we won't reclaim anytime soon.

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