NOVAK DJOKOVIC VISA SAGA COULD COST AUSSIE TAXPAYER’S ‘CLOSE TO HALF A MILLION’ IN LEGAL FEES

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Novak Djokovic’s public court battle to stay in Australia may end up costing Australian taxpayers ‘close to half a million dollars’. The world number one tennis legend’s visa was cancelled and now he could possibly be deported from Australia.

This is what happened:

  • Documents submitted by Djokovic’s lawyers claim he tested positive for COVID-19 in December, believing that this would secure his entry into the country unvaccinated
  • Djokovic had received an ‘Exemption Certificate’ from the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia recording that he had been provided with a ‘medical exemption from COVID vaccination’
  • However, this was based on his own declaration and not a binding exemption. At the Australian border, Tennis Australia’s medical exemption was meaningless.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR AUSSIE TAXPAYERS?

If the legal case drags on much longer, it is likely to cost the Australian taxpayers ‘stacks’ of money. It has been stated that if there is no appeal, then it will probably cost maybe a quarter of a million dollars. If there are appeals, it could be half a million.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/australian-open/novak-djokovic-visa-saga-could-cost-aussie-taxpayers-close-to-half-a-million-in-legal-fees/news-story/57944d2529109d1ab4b78f3a699b1deb

 

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