Behind the headlines
Should Australia have let “No-vax” in?
I’m no fan of Novak Djokovic, but rejecting him on Australia’s doorstep was “nothing short of madness”, says Michael Koziol in The Sydney Morning Herald. The tennis player, a vocal vaccine sceptic, had his medical exemption for our strict vaccine mandate revoked at the airport earlier this week. Denying him the chance to play in the Australian Open might have made sense back when we were maintaining “zero Covid”. But now that we’re notching up 60,000 cases a day, “it’s just silly”. Djokovic, who is now stuck in a Melbourne hotel awaiting the results of a legal appeal, was granted the exemption by two medical panels. Do we really think him running around a tennis court is some huge threat to our health?