I am confining my border force comments to the statements by the public servants under Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews that they believed they have the power to ignore the decisions of our Federal Court — that is, they are above the law of Australia.
Accordingly they announced, prior to the court hearing, that in the event the government lost its case, it could again cancel the Djokovic visa and the world’s number one tennis player could face more detention – or be forced to leave even though he might win his case.
I cannot think of a more nation-damaging statement to the world…
Overseas companies will be very reluctant to expand in Australia now they know we have chaotic border rules and a Home Affairs department that believes it is above the law.
Australia sees itself as a place for world sporting events. The “Djokovic Affair” has shown the world that we are a very dangerous place to have global sporting events because of the chaos in our border control rules and lack of legal certainty.
At no stage during this utterly farcical embarrassment did Scott Morrison see the implications ably set forth here by Robert Gottliebsen. It wasn’t about tennis or placating the mawkish mob – whose whinging about having ‘suffered’ in the name of Doing The Right Thing was more nauseating than Omicron. It was about applying – not apologising for or seeking to sabotage – strict administrative impartiality. As on so many other occasions, the Prime Minister decided he’d lie doggo rather than defend high principle.