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Court Reporter at @AAPNewswire in Melbourne. Remember travelling? I used to do that too. Ex-CNB, WLG, SYD, LDN. More to come. Tips? ksweeney@aap.com.au
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Jan 15 98 tweets 14 min read
Morning! Who doesn't love spending a Sunday in the federal Court with Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan. #NovakDjokovic Here's where you can watch:

Jan 14 53 tweets 8 min read
New day, new judge, new thread. Justice David O'Callaghan is about to hold a procedural hearing in the Federal Cout over Novak Djokovic's visa cancellation and deportation. It starts at 10.15am AEDT.
To answer some questinos - today is purely a procedural hearing ahead of tomorrow's final hearing. I'm expecting Justice O'Callaghan will confirm the tranfer of the case to the Federal Court and some of the orders made last night around deadlines for filing documents.
Jan 14 6 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa “on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”. Here's the full statement:
Jan 13 62 tweets 8 min read
All week I've had the Jeopardy think music going around in my head. Today it's that song from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Previously on the Novak Djokovic's #AustralianOpen saga:

canberratimes.com.au/story/7579775/…
Jan 12 11 tweets 3 min read
I've never been so interested in Alex Hawke's movements, but here we are again - today's looking like decision day.

Worth keeping in mind the #AustralianOpen draw begins at 3pm (AEDT). That should make things interesting. If the decision is to revoke Djokovic's visa and deport him, there's a good chance we'll be back in court - but whether that means the draw goes ahead without him, gets put on hold or has to be redone are all factors that'll come into play.
Jan 12 6 tweets 2 min read
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.
Jan 10 15 tweets 5 min read
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.
Jan 9 73 tweets 11 min read
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).
Jan 9 12 tweets 3 min read
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.
Jan 6 6 tweets 1 min read
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.
Jan 4 5 tweets 1 min read
"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."
Jan 4 4 tweets 1 min read
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.
Dec 16, 2021 31 tweets 4 min read
There are so many people logged into Myrtleford Magistrates Court this morning for a private prosecution brouht against Premier Daniel Andrews. None of them know how to use technology and are not using their microphone. They're absolutely losing their minds over the fact they thought it started at 9.30am (it's actually listed at 10am).
Aug 3, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
WORST NIGHTMARE.

Someone just accidentally unmuted themselves while calling a barrister a "fuckwit" in the Supreme Court. Lawyer: "Perhaps the person who said it can identify themselves. It was a male voice."
Judge: "I'm not sure much is gained by that. Don't take it personally. Obviously whoever said it didn't intend it for your ears."