All eyes are on Immigration Minister Alex Hawke today - he has a discretionary personal power to revoke Novak Djokovic's visa and have him deported. His office said last night he's still considering, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens next.
Does anyone have questions about what happend yesterday or what the process is now? I'll try to answer some through the day.
I didn't quite expect 220+ replies to this, so I've done a little explainer with some frequently asked questions for @AAPNewswire:…
From @domgiannini_ Aussie PM Scott Morrison and his Serbian counterpart Ana Brnabic have spoken with each other about Novak Djokovic's visa situation. @AAPNewswire…
And there's fresh questions over Novak Djokovic's Australian Travel Declaration - in which he declared he hadn't travelled in the 14 days before he flew to Australia on Jan 5. He was seen playing Tennis in Serbia on Dec 25, and training in Spain on Jan 2.
Here's my latest story:…
Footage of Djokovoic playing tennis in Belgrade on Chrsitmas Day was posted to Instagram:…
It's recorded in the notice of intention to cancel his visa that Djokovic told immigration officers @TennisAustralia completed the Australian Travel Declaration for him. But the officer noted they would've done it "based on information the visa holder provided".
“Based on the above*, I apply significant weight in favour of visa cancellation for this factor.”

*Also referred to the medical exemption granted by Tennis Australia.
For those asking - here are the penalties relating to the Australian Travel Declaration:…
UPDATE: I'm told we're not expecting to hear from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke today. And so the saga continues.
I do also have a statement from Hall & Wilcox, his legal firm. It confirms they granted him a medical exemption from their COVID-19 no jab, no entry policy so he oculd go to their offices yesterday for the hearing.
The latest from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's office:
That statement doesn't rule out a response tonight, but given it's 4pm it would seem strange to put this out if they were anticipating a decision any time soon.

(Also I have a day off tomorrow, so Murphy's Law says it'll all go down then.)

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12 Jan
There’s a few interesting points on this statement, but I think the biggest issue is that he knowingly continued with an interview and photoshoot after finding out he’d tested positive to COVID-19.
However you look at this - as a fan or as a critic - this is totally unacceptable.

While Djokovic mentions being COVID safe with a mask and distancing, he also doesn’t say whether he told the @lequipe journalist or photographer about his positive result.
This statement says he didn't receive his positive test result (from Dec 16) until after an event on Dec 17.

In his affidavit, a legally sworn document relied on by the Fedral Circuit Court, he said:

"On 16 December 2021, I was tested and diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID)."
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9 Jan
The showdown has begun and is underway with a joke from Judge Anthony Kelly. The other players today are Nick Wood SC and Paul Holdenson QC for Novak Djokovic and Christpher Tran for Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews (& the Comonwealth).
Nick Wood is discusing ground 1A. He says the delegate must be satisfied of a relevant ground for cancellation, but the notice is defective because it's not one ground, but a mashup of two. He says the reasons for refusal are a "confusing blend of grounds".
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9 Jan
Novak Djokovic has won plenty of battles on the court, but today's a test of his skills in the courtroom. Or his lawyers skills. Anyway, here's a little rundown of who is saying what:
Basically the argument is that Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 on December 16, 2021. He says under the ATAGI advice that exempts him from being vaccinated for six months.
This, from the ATAGI advice, is what he relies on:

“COVID-19 vaccination in people who have had PCR confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection can be deferred for a maximum of six months after the acute illness as a temporary exemption due to acute major medical illness.”
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6 Jan
There's an application for an interim injunction preventing Novak Djokovic being deported until after. a final hearing at 10am on Monday. It'll be heard at 6pm tonight - unless the govt decides to let him say until then.
Christopher Tran is getting instructions still on the government's position.
Nick Wood, for Djokovic, says the hearing on Monday is "tight".

"Tennis Australia has indicated they would need to have a definitive position on Mr Djokovic’s participation in the tournament by Tuesday for scheduling purposes."
Read 6 tweets
4 Jan
"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."
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4 Jan
Four private pathology providers (4Cyte, Australian Clinical Labs, Melbourne Pathology & Dorevitch) are closig 54 testing sites this week to ease pressure and catch up on the backlog of tests.

Testing Commander Jeroen Weimer is calling for patience.
"They’re disappointed to have to do this but they’re doing a pragmatic thing to safeguard their own systems and to make sure the labs can get back on top of their workload," he said.
Their labs account for three quarters of processing in Victoria and will continue to operate around the clock.
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