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Djokovic deportation reveals Australia's authoritarian mindset

Personal views now reason enough do deny any high profile person entry

| Australia
Novak Djokovic practices at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13: the Serbian tennis player was in Australia only to play tennis, not to talk about vaccines and COVID.   © Sipa/AP

Greg Barns is an Australian lawyer who has advised many visa cases. He is a spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Over the past couple of weeks, global attention has focused on the Australian government's ultimately successful attempt to deport Novak Djokovic, possibly the greatest tennis player of all time, who was seeking to win his tenth Australian Open.

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