The Djokovic Affair is a National Disgrace But a Win for Open Minds

6 January 2022

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Novak Djokovic is the world’s best tennis player, beloved by countless Australians. Sensationally, just days before the Australian Open begins, he has been turned around at the border for refusing vaccination. The Djokovic affair is an international embarrassment for Australia but a much-needed wake-up call for many in our nation.

Yesterday, after months of uncertainty, world number one tennis player Novak “No-vax” Djokovic was given a medical exemption to enter the country and defend his title at the Australian Open. 

Today, outlets are reporting that his visa has been cancelled, leaving the 20-time major champion stranded at Melbourne airport.

For months, Djokovic has served as a lightning rod for criticism of the Australian government’s handling of Covid-19.

Those believing the tennis great should be barred from entering Australia claim that unvaccinated travellers pose a threat to the nation’s public health, and feel that no sports star or celebrity should be exempted from our border laws.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated this stance in a tweet this morning:

Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.

Is Djokovic a Threat to Public Health?

Most Australians would agree with the PM about the uniform enforcement of rules. It was with this in mind that, in March last year, I profiled a list of celebrities who’d been happily traversing our international borders even as everyday Aussies were stuck at home or abroad. If only Morrison had displayed his noble egalitarianism back then when it mattered.

But by January 2022, why should we care who arrives in this country?

As predicted, the omicron variant is more contagious than previous strains, but far less deadly – and it is now spreading uncontrolled up and down Australia’s east coast.

Yesterday, over 64,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Australia. Test positivity rates remain high, indicating that this number is just the tip of the iceberg. What threat could a tennis player shuffling between his hotel and Margaret Court Arena possibly pose to Australia?

While Djokovic remains holed up in isolation and treated like a pariah in the world’s most locked-down city, his critics should note that he isn’t even sick with Covid-19, and therefore has no virus to spread.

Moreover, Djokovic has previously contracted Covid-19 and recovered. According to over 140 studies, he therefore has superior immunity to those who have been vaccinated.

Indeed, in 92.5%-vaccinated Victoria, one of the highest-vaccinated jurisdictions in the world, over 100,000 new cases have been confirmed over the last fortnight. Australia has now successfully “flattened the curve” — only along the wrong axis.

The Failure of Vaccine Mandates and Passports

“The vaccines weren’t designed to provide immunity, only reduce symptoms and death” is the oft-repeated claim of mandate apologists. Never mind that this isn’t even true. Trusted authorities the world over told us that if we got vaccinated, we wouldn’t contract or transmit the virus:

On this basis, Australia introduced some of the most draconian vaccine mandates in the world. Careers were destroyed, loved ones separated for Christmas, and our nation divided.

As the new year begins, sky-rocketing case numbers reveal what we already knew from nations like Israel: those who have been injected spread the virus too, often without knowing they have it. And the benefits of the jab only last a few months in any case.

Yes, the data suggests that the vaccines provide temporary protection against serious illness – but this is a benefit to the individual, not the community. Vaccine mandates and passports achieved almost nothing, and they did so at an exceptional cost to the national conscience.

The Real Reason Djokovic is Being Punished

Novak Djokovic is not a threat to public health in Australia. But he is a threat to a flailing narrative addicted to medical apartheid and indefinite states of emergency. His border fiasco has nothing to do with the safety of Australians and everything to do with the punishment of political dissent.

According to NBC News, Djokovic was not shown favouritism when his exemption was originally granted:

Tennis Australia and the Victorian state government said Djokovic was one of a “handful” of successful applicants among 26 people who sought exemptions from being vaccinated, but had not received any special treatment in the anonymous application process.

If the world champ can’t win the Australian Open, he nevertheless will have won back many Australians from the state of “mass formation psychosis” they have suffered these last two years.

The number of vaccinated Australians continues to grow. But so does the number of Australians fed up with coercion, falsehoods, profiteering and optional human rights. The Djokovic affair is only the latest event to open once-shut minds.

In the end, that will prove far more valuable than another grand slam trophy for Australia’s favourite Serbian.

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  1. Leonie Robson 6 January 2022 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Oh the joy of making ‘an example’ of the OTHER. What a disgraceful start by our PM, to solidify the gaps between us. Not enough words.

    • Caroline Varendorff 7 January 2022 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Oh dear! I got vaccinated so I could travel to see my kids who live overseas. What a joke, all the flights were grounded anyway.

    • Kaylene Emery 7 January 2022 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Very important point that you make Leonie, thank you n God bless you n yours.

    • C Stevens 9 January 2022 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Our Governments are to make laws and administer for the good government of our society. The covid pandemic is a new challenge we have not faced before. Easy to criticize with hindsight. Federal government closed international borders, set up jobseeker and job keeper which was crucial for many.

      In 2019 before pandemic ABS data reveals between approx 770,000 international visitors were arriving into Aus each month. This totals an additional 9,500,000 people accessing our medical system when they injure themselves or get sick.

      With the spread of the pandemic our hospital system, in particular its staff, are struggling to cope with our own population, let alone the increase if we were admitting another 9.5 million international visitors at the level of 2019.

      Those who say we should open our international borders during a pandemic to the unvaccinated with or without prior infection are expecting our hospital system to care for an increase above and beyond what it is struggling to cope already. Should our loved ones be unable to access adequate care because international travellers are competing for our services, what then?

      Some say vaccination doesn’t work because the vaccinated can still catch covid and infect others. While this is so, vaccination reduces the severity of the disease, reduces hospital and UCU admissions and reduces the infectivity of the disease. Adverse reactions to the vaccinations are still by magnitude less severe than the consequences of contracting the disease.

      Decisions need to be made by government in the best interests of its citizens. We can easily be armchair critics in hindsight. Governments don’t have that luxury. They are dealing with a crisis we have not faced in our lifetime. They are doing the best they can to protect and support their citizens, to handle the sick and look after the well-being of all during a health crisis that is stretching our hospital system and in particular its staff, our incredible doctors and nurses.

      Maybe those who are so quick to criticize should run for government and be charged with making these decisions, or become doctors and nurses.

      • Bev 18 January 2022 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        These seem wise words to me.

  2. Dick Nicholls 6 January 2022 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Thankyou Kurt
    Great essay.
    I need your posts. The two videos are very important.

  3. Stephen Lewin 7 January 2022 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Propaganda intensifies as we fly close to a federal election but more people are not buying into the narrative as it evolves and mutates and spins and flip flops and then turns nasty devoid of real hope. But in the Luke Acts Narrative in dangerous tomes Jesus Christ comes and gives as the Way to navigate by following Him..thanks Karl for challenging the prevailing narrative especially right now on this moment ‘re Novak and the pride of our so called experts in tandem with some bully pollies treating the people as idiots….thanks Karl again you made my day with this post

  4. Melinda Lee 7 January 2022 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Thank you Kurt. So good to hear the voice of reason amid the cacophony of a mutating, nasty and divisive narrative.

  5. Warwick Marsh 7 January 2022 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Utterly brilliant and devastating artilce!!!!

  6. George Philips 7 January 2022 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    sorry. This is the current law of the land and if you need entry you need to adhere to it.
    we support the PM on this one.

  7. Deonne Kingsford 7 January 2022 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    National News that is great. We have to STAND as a Nation against the Evil/Lies & Power push. From the Djokovic Affair & the tazzering outside the Races by Police in Perth people must see & join the push back against our lack of Freedom Choice & No such Vaccination but a sinister unknown injection. Stand Strong for Choice no Jab or ID Card.

  8. Michael Kohler 7 January 2022 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Have to admit guys its pretty easy for anyone to sit on the sidelines these days and poke holes in everything and anything others in leadership are doing. I don’t envy anyone in leadership these days. They can’t win an argument or put a foot right in anyone’s eyes. Everyone is a critic. They’re simply trying to do the best they can with what they believe is right. I’d like to encourage all critics to run for office and work their way through and see how they go at calling the shots. If you just want to sit in the cheap seats and through rocks, how about we earnestly pray for those who have gone to the trouble of working their way through rather than throwing stones. Sure, it all seems over the top and there’s inconsistencies, but if Novak turned up with the right paperwork and proof required that he undoubtedly knew he needed before he got here, he’d be practicing on the court right now.

    • Anna 8 January 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your opinion. I agree wholeheartedly. 😊

  9. John 7 January 2022 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    The current Australian and Victorian Government should be embarrassed by their behaviour in this farcical episode. Their failed strategy for dealing with Covid 19 is centre stage. Rather than suppressing early treatments and mandating mass “innoculation” with experimental gene therapies with no longterm safety data that do not prevent people contracting Covid or passing it on, and have resulted in significant numbers of adverse events including death, they should have focused on protecting those most at risk and allowing access to early treatments that have been proven to work. None of the lockdowns and trampling of human rights would have occurred. Many if not all of the deaths associated with Covid would not have occurred. None of the adverse events and deaths associated with “the vaccines” would have occurred. There would be no children facing forced “vaccination” and a potential life full of adverse effects. Australians would not be suffering from Mass Formation Psychosis. We need to remember what they have done and when the time is right act so that this human catastrophe never happens again.

    • Carmel 8 January 2022 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      So true John, but most people are unaware of these facts.

    • Craig 8 January 2022 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      You hit the nail on the head John!
      I have been saying for a long time now, that if treatment had been effectively provided to all as the vaccines have, we would have minimal deaths, no hospitalisation, minimal lockdown and people virus free and symptom free within 2 weeks or less of contracting the virus. At the same time would have been a fraction of the cost to the state and nation!

    • C Stevens 16 January 2022 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      John, Anna and Pearl,

      The Federal Government has been looking at treatments, not just vaccines. Before May 2020, the Australian Department of Health had been stockpiling millions of doses of the drug, hydroxychloroquin, in case clinical trials found it proved useful.

      Trials, double blind, testing ivermectin as a therapy and preventative have been carried out in many different countries. These have shown ivermectin has no significant benefit.

      The Federal Government has added many drugs into the hospital system in treating covid. These are used under medical guidance.

      If there was a simple preventative, it is in the Government’s interest to have it available, for both health of its people, the health system and the economic imperative of keeping open our businesses, schools etc.

      The Government is not on a mission to keep us suppressed by hiding ivermectin and hydroxychloroquin from us. Even the Victorian government would use it rather than impose lockdown and border controls if it worked. Certainly NSW Govt would.

  10. Lyn Grindley 7 January 2022 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Kurt! Wake up Australia!

  11. Stan Beattie 7 January 2022 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Great Reporting Kurt. God bless you and protect you to continue to stand for truth. I will share this widely

  12. Rex and Mary Hill 7 January 2022 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    We respect your views but don’t agree with your opinion. It’s not about COVID/vaccination but about border rules and correct visa. We are disappointed in Canberra Declaration airing thoughts on this subject. We had thought they took a neutral stand on political matters and honoured God’s word when it came to submitting to Government authority.
    God’s grace abounds in all circumstances. We respect those who are pro and anti and believe as people of faith accept each other in God’s love. Unfortunately there are so many opinions amongst the people of God. Thank God He knows our hearts and intent. We can’t believe there’s so much dissension amongst people of Faith. The enemy laughs!

    • Kurt Mahlburg 8 January 2022 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Thank you for your comments Rex and Mary. The Canberra Declaration is by no means politically neutral. We are not party-political to be sure, but our organisation was founded in order to influence the political sphere with Christian values. We have not shied away from any issue, and the Djokovic affair is a very relevant and timely matter for us to provide commentary on. If Novak wins his court battle (which he very well may) it will ironically be his detractors who will have held views out of step with our God-ordained government. The fat lady is yet to sing, so to speak. And in any case, disagreeing with a government’s decision is not the same as disobedience. God bless as you continue to serve him.

      • Wendy Dillon 11 January 2022 at 12:12 pm - Reply

        Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
        Surely the way that state governments have treated their citizens who do not wish to accept this injected product, but rely on our superior God-given immune systems, is not pleasing to God.

  13. Lenka 7 January 2022 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kurt, so hopeful to see young people like you sharing common sense that seems rarer and rarer in this nation. I’m hoping many people read your recent book ” cross and culture ” as it should ring a bell on what is really going on here..God bless you and protect you and your family 🙏

  14. Anna 7 January 2022 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Just generally… I can’t help but think…. (don’t throw rocks!)
    1. We’re all wise/r in hindsight.
    2. As far as the decisions our leaders made…
    they’re humans just as the rest of us and far from perfect
    would anyone of us want to swap with them?
    we’re still talking about ‘unprecedented’ happenings,
    no matter what actions they decide on… damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
    3. Our God is in control… no matter the circumstances around us. He’s asked us to not be afraid. To keep our eyes on Him.

  15. Lex Stewart 7 January 2022 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Kurt, for a good article. Covid19 is a minor disease. Answer in the UK parliament to a question was that the official death rate in the UK was 0.096% — close enough to 0.1%, so let us say one in a THOUSAND!

  16. Christine Lynch 7 January 2022 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Reading this leads me to wonder how it is that Kurt and Warwick have come to believe that their stance is the only one real Christians could take. I have seen this arrogance in many instances, but it is so blatant regarding covid-related matters. There are alternative interpretations of Novac’s detention, but ‘danger to the public’ is not the only criteria in border protection. If it were, why have you and your supporters not worked loudly, tirelessly, with all your resources to persuade the Australian government to grant Visa to asylum seekers, many hanging on for 8 years now.
    Covid has had many casualties, many different injuries. Some of the worst I am seeing are the families where the person who has most power is asserting the ‘anti’ view (anti-vax/government/mandate/…)
    I value my freedom, I believe the bible reveals God and tells me how to live as a Christian. I am grateful God invented the church. I don’t believe the government always gets it right. I seek to be respectful of my Christian husband, whose views are different to mine.
    I have found it very difficult to read articles such as these that treat me with contempt.

    • Kurt Mahlburg 8 January 2022 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Hi Christine. Nowhere have we stated that ours is the only Christian stance on this issue. We have weekly prayer meetings that welcome people with viewpoints across the spectrum. And I’m unsure how to express a different viewpoint to yours is to treat you with contempt? Surely our unity as believers is bigger than this. God’s blessings to you.

  17. Barbara Chapman 7 January 2022 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    But what about the fact of incorrect visa application. This was not mentioned in your article

  18. Kate Brewer 7 January 2022 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kurt for your comments which highlight some of the flaws in the constant narrative being spun to us daily May God bless this ministry

  19. Anna Soh 7 January 2022 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Spot on Kurt and so well written … the bottom line is to toe the line or be cancelled especially if you are a public figure going against the tide of tyranny and to see Scott Morrison do this is so sad … all he had to say was yes we had rules but with Omicron these rules no longer apply … even though it never actually applied he could get away as the hero rather than the tyrant by simply stating the rules need to be changed as they no longer apply.

    They have been doing this within our States so let’s do the same for our international visitors as well. Everyone with a bit of common sense will know that Novak Djokovic is no more a danger than the next person whether fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and as he’s had Covid before he is as you said more resilient to Covid than someone who has never had the virus.

    He does not have the virus at the moment but is sent to a prison like hotel which is now also exposed thanks to Djokovic being added to the hotel’s number of hidden refugees … what an opportunity lost to break free before elections.

    Sadly it seems that Scott Morrison believes Australians like to be locked up without benefits and to be so stubborn and not change the rules but stick to it when the rule has no power to protect anyone under Omicron is a sad day for him and his party.

    Let us pray that there will be a huge Awakening as a result of this debacle and a missed opportunity by Scott Morrison to do the right thing by Australians and our international visitors whether a sporting great like Djokovic or just another family member wanting to connect physically with their loved ones in Australia.

  20. Dr Phillip Chalmers 7 January 2022 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    No authoritative medical expert ever claimed that vaccination was a guaranteed cure all. Any contradiction to this is lying testimony.

    Over and over again, it has been made crystal clear that the virus comes out of infected people in the little drops caused by normal breathing. So, using a mask while forced to share breaths with others will REDUCE the chance of catching it.
    Keeping your distance allows less chance for the droplets to stay in the air which gets to you from other people.
    Vaccines decrease the chance of an acquired infection killing you or making you so ill you need to be in hospital on a ventilator and of getting crippled by post-Covid syndromes.
    Christian charity demands we take pains not to spread a deadly virus to any other person in case they suffer damage or die as well as demands we take prudent care of our own health.
    Public figures influencing our children, our impressionable youth and stupid people are a danger to them and to the community.

    • Mark 7 January 2022 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Dr Phillip Chalmers You response above sounds on the surface as good advice….,until you take into account the vaccine in its trial killed and maimed thousands of people and was covered up (and should never of been authorised in the first place. And the vaccine mandates remove any possibility of true informed consent therefore any person you have vaccinated you have actually assaulted and are criminally liable for

  21. Anthony Demol 7 January 2022 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kurt for your truthful article. As you indicate plain common sense has been thrown out the window. The vaccines do virtually nothing, obviously do not stop the spread and lead to a ‘them and us ‘society. I have been battling with this for months. Not being allowed to see my elderly mother because you know what. My family think I’m dangerous to her but they somehow think they can’t spread the virus to her because they are double vaxxed. When are we going to wake up? We have become like robots. Old people walking down the street with no-one else in sight on a hot day suffocating with a face mask on. Religiously QR coding into every place they go to. As if that is going to be of any use now when the virus is out of control. Don’t people think?
    Australia has become a disgrace to the rest of the world. If Novak has had the virus he is immune, and many other countries recognise that, except Australia.
    Come on Australians wake up for goodness sake!

  22. Kaylene Emery 7 January 2022 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Mass Formation Psychosis is I believe, an honest n correct summation and, it is made by a very credible MAN in Dr Robert Malone . Be difficult to find any one more credible in this context – which is I guess, why he is currently the target of those who seek absolute power.

  23. Warwick Marsh 8 January 2022 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Leonie’s article is an injunction to us all. Let us argue graciously.
    If the truth be known we have published many differing opinions on the vaccines on this News Site and will continue to do so. Our dream is free speech and gracious dialogue!

  24. Alex 8 January 2022 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Rules are Rules (Quote by our PM); how much more is then our Constitution?

  25. Anne Ferrar 10 January 2022 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kurt.
    If they had spent a fraction of the money they’ve wasted on jabs that obviously don’t work, and adverts that promote only fear and division, and put it into genuine cures that do – instead of banning them and making them illegal, we would not be in this mess and this whole thing would not be an issue.
    I pray God will continue opening the eyes of those who truly want to see, be free and know the truth.
    Keep up the good work and thank you again.

    • Pearl Miller 13 January 2022 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Amen Ann… it seems Pfizer rules the world , writes the narrative and makes the laws. “The love of $ is the root of all evil”
      God in His mercy has sent Omicron ! The PANDEMIC IS OVER! We all have herd immunity now…. no more need for CHOs advice. And Anyone considering giving this poison to children should be put in jail immediately… Dr Zedenko said kids are 500 times more likely to be harmed or killed by the vax than by COVID…❤️🙏

  26. C Stevens 10 January 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Can mass formation psychosis can work both ways?

  27. Barbara 11 January 2022 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Very well written Kurt. i totally agree.

  28. Phil Greer 12 January 2022 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks Kurt.
    1) Every Credible study shows that natural immunity (from people who have, like Novak, recovered from Covid) is significantly better than protection from the vaxxes. Circa 27 x better in fact from one study. Also see amongst many others.

    2) For those of you who might like to dig a little deeper, here is the 136 point affidavit prepared by Novak’s lawyers that presents the case as to how Novak and his team did everything by the book.

  29. Warwick Marsh 12 January 2022 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Great comments Phil!!!!!!

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