The Australian government’s “massive capitulation” in the Novak Djokovic court case may have been strategic, a senior lawyer has said.
Thomson Geer partner Justin Quill told Today that part of yesterday’s drama was that the judge did not, in fact, make a decision.
“The government, in a dramatic turn of events late in the day, performed a massive capitulation and agreed to consent orders being made,” he said.
But although it seemed like a big win for the tennis star, Mr Quill said there could be more to it.
“It might have been a strategic decision,” he said.
Mr Quill said it was possible the judge could have made a finding that prevented Immigration Minister Alex Hawke from potentially exercising his power to kick Djokovic out of the country regardless of court findings.
“It’s clearly going to be a very political decision,” he said.
Regardless of the outcome, he said, the situation was an “absolute embarrassment”.
“We are the laughing stock of the world right now,” he said.
“In circumstances where we should be showcasing Australia, we’re doing the exact opposite.”