Liberal Senator Alex Antic denounces Aus’ decision regarding Novak Djokovic on Serbian TV

Liberal Senator Alex Antic blasted Australia’s decision to deport Novak Djokovic on Serbian TV, calling it “regrettable”.

The South Australian politician, who has recently become an outspoken opponent of vaccination mandates, said its foreign audience the tennis champion posed no threat to Australia.

Speaking on Serbian morning TV over the weekend, he blamed ‘power-hungry’ bureaucrats for many decisions during the pandemic – despite being his own colleague, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Immigration, Alex Hawke, who ordered his deportation.

“The minister canceled his visa, which meant he had to be deported, which I think is unfortunate,” Senator Antic said.

Mr Antic criticized Novak Djokovic’s Australian decision on Serbian television. Picture: Facebook.Source: Supplied

“I personally wrote to the Minister and told him that I think he should stay.

“Minister Hawke has the personal capacity, the personal authority to revoke a visa and I understand that this is done for reasons of public interest. I don’t know what that means.

During the interview, Senator Antic was asked if the tennis star was expelled just because he was Serbian.

“We think it’s happening just because he’s Serbian, I know that sounds paranoid, but you guys know us,” the interviewer said.

After leaving Australia on Sunday evening, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic landed at Dubai airport. Photo: Reuters/Loren Elliott.Source: Reuters

Senator Antic, whose father was born in Belgrade, said he understood the sentiment.

“But listen, I don’t think it has anything to do with Novak’s nationality,” he said.

“Frankly, Australians have an example of what happens when a nation becomes geographically isolated from the world and is effectively controlled by bureaucracy.”

Labor Senator Kristina Keneally said it was Mr Morrison who ‘said they should cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa on the grounds that he would incite anti-vaccination sentiment’.

“Hey, Mr Morrison, why don’t you take a look at George Christiansen?” Why not take a look at Matt Canavan? Why not take a look at Senators Gerrard Rennick and Alex Antic? Members of your own government, here in Australia, inciting anti-vaccination sentiment, undermining the roll-out of vaccination,” she said.

“I mean, you can’t be a wolf, Mr Morrison, acting tough in front of Novak Djokovic, but then be a lamb; weak and timid as you stand outside your own party room.

Earlier today the Prime Minister was asked why the tennis star was kicked out for anti-vaxx views while Liberal MPs campaigning in the same direction went unpunished.

In response, Mr Morrison said this approach risked confusing two different issues.

“In Australia, if you’re an Australian you can be here and you can express your views,” Mr Morrison said.

“If you come from abroad and there are conditions to enter this country, well you have to respect them. And it’s as simple as that. This is about someone who sought to come to Australia and failed to comply with the entry rules at our border. That’s what it’s about.

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