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The matter of Novak Djokovic’s attempts to have his deportation reversed has been adjourned until 6pm, when we will continue our coverage.

An interesting tidbit at the end was a discussion on the scope of the hearing, with parties agreeing that a visa was actually issued, and that the matter at hand was the cancellation of the visa, not the requirements of the visa itself.

It’s a small difference that I’m sure will matter once the hearing begins properly.















Some more details on Novak Djokovic’s impending court case.

The news agency AAP reports there was a brief hearing at 3pm today but that there was no formal application or supporting evidence filed. Justice Anthony Kelly (who confessed to not knowing a lot about tennis) said:


I need to know a little more than I presently do about the conditions of the applicant. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for the court to ask, as an open question, whether the particular hotel in which the applicant is staying or may be able to stay might have available to him tennis practising facilities.











































Australian Covid cases hit new highs

More than 71,000 new cases have been recorded in Australia so far today, from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

NSW had 34,994 new cases and six deaths – and about 31% of those tested were positive, which is an alarming proportion. Six people died, and there are now 1,609 people in hospital, and 131 in intensive care units.




People queue in their cars for Covid tests at a drive-through clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

People queue in their cars for Covid tests at a drive-through clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photograph: Bianca de Marchi/AAP

In Victoria there were also six deaths, and 21,997 new cases. Victoria also has a positivity rate from testing of about one in three. 631 people are in hospital with 51 in intensive care.

Queensland has recorded 10,332 new Covid cases, and one person has died.

There are 284 people in hospital, and 12 in intensive care, including two on ventilators.

Tasmania has reported 751 new Covid cases, which is a drop from the record 867 cases reported yesterday. One person has been admitted to hospital.

South Australia has recorded 3,070 cases, with 123 people currently in hospital and 12 in ICU.

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