TThe government argues that Djokovic’s presence is a threat to public health and order, especially as Australia suffers from tidal omicron infections.
His continued presence in the country “may pose a risk to the health of the Australian community” as it strengthens anti-vaccine sentiment and deters people from recovering, Mr Hawke argued, according to a court case released Saturday.
Djokovic’s lawyers claim the government “did not provide any evidence” in support of their claims.
The minister acknowledged that there was a “negligible” risk of infecting Australians for Djokovic, but argued his past. “non-compliance” with Covid-19 regulations it can pose a risk to public health and encourage people to ignore the rules of a pandemic.
The government has agreed not to deport Djokovic until the hearing is over, lawyer Stephen Lloyd said at an emergency late-night session of the federal court on Friday.