Australia was wrong to deny Novak Djokovic entry, writes Michael Koziol of the Sydney Morning Herald. It is baffling that he was granted a medical exemption for not being vaccinated, only to be denied entry after having landed. This appears to have been a power play by the Australian government, which has often used border policy as a tool to impose political strength. With around 60,000 new cases a day and 91% of people vaccinated, Djokovic hardly posed a threat to society, especially given that he had Covid himself recently. This strange decision will harm Australia's reputation as a good host for tournaments and visitors alike.
Australia made the right decision to deny Novak Djokovic entry, asserts Stuart Mills of The Guardian. Letting him in would have harmed social confidence in government policies. Australia has weathered the pandemic thanks to strong rules and a public that has trusted and followed them. Giving the unvaccinated Djokovic a free pass would have sowed doubt in the system. It would have conveyed the message that different laws exist for the rich and famous. Those following the rules might have reconsidered given that such rule-breaking would be tolerated. It also risked Djokovic becoming a symbol to justify anti-vax ideologies.