Australian PM Accused of Double Standards on 'Anti-Vaxxer' Lawmakers Amid Djokovic Saga
“Mr Morrison is claiming that his government had to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa as it could incite anti-vaccination sentiment in Australia. Hey Mr. Morrison, why don’t you have a look at George Christensen?” Kristina Keneally, the shadow minister for Immigration and former premier of New South Wales (NSW) province, questioned on Monday. The tennis star was scheduled to participate in the Australian Open, which kicked off without him on Monday.
The deportation of Novak Djokovic has elicited more BS from Mr Morrison.— Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) January 17, 2022
From lies about how visas are processed to breath taking hypocrisy about those undermining Australia’s vaccination rollout. It’s all here, live from my media conference today. pic.twitter.com/iDVBaqsTo9
“Why don’t you have a look at Matt Canavan? Why don’t you have a look Senators Gerard Rennick and Alex Antic, members of your own government, out there in Australia, inciting anti-vaccination sentiment, undermining the anti-vaccination rollout,” she also pointed out.
The lengths the Coalition are prepared to go against Djokovic, citing his anti vax views, are in STARK contrast to its tolerance for far more overt expressions of anti vax views among its own MPs. Profound hypocrisy in the hope of political advantage. Whatever your stance…— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) January 16, 2022
“I mean you can't be a wolf Mr Morrison, acting all tough in front of Novak Djokovic, but then be a lamb, weak, and timid as you are standing in front of your own party room,” Keneally commented.
Morrison Defends Decision to Expel Djokovic
“Well, you're conflating two different issues, Ben. In Australia, if you're an Australian, you're a citizen, your resident and you're a citizen, you can be here and you can express your views,” Morrison told 2GB Radio on Monday when asked why were the Australian MPs who had been spreading the “anti-vax messages” gone “unpunished."