Australian Open in CHAOS as Daniel Andrews REFUSES to let unvaccinated players compete – as he overrules the PM’s claim they could quarantine
- Andrews said VIC would not be applying for exemptions for unvaxxed players
- Scott Morrison had earlier said the players could come into Aus and quarantine
- Victorian premier said he couldn’t ask the crowd to be jabbed and not players
The Australian Open has been thrown into chaos after Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the door to unvaccinated athletes entering the country – until Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews quickly objected.
‘What I want to make very clear is that the state of Victoria will not be applying for any exemptions for unvaccinated players,’ the Victorian premier said on Wednesday.
His comments came after Mr Morrison said tennis players who have not been jabbed would be allowed into the country for the competition provided they apply for a skilled worker travel exemption and undergo 14-day quarantine.
‘They’ll have to quarantine for two weeks, just in the same way a skilled worker who has come in to fix a boiler … or something like that, they can get exemptions to do that,’ he told 2GB earlier on Wednesday.
‘We’ve been providing exemptions for workers to come in to do these types of things all the way through the pandemic.’
It is now unclear whether or not tennis stars who aren’t vaccinated will be required to quarantine or if they will be allowed into the state at all.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said his state would not be applying for exemptions for unvaccinated tennis players ahead of the Australian Open. Pictured is Novak Djokovic after his win this year
Mr Andrews said his decision was made on the ‘behalf of every vaccinated Victorian who has done the right thing’.
‘We will host the event but we will not be applying for an exemption for unvaccinated players to come here. And that is the only fair thing to do,’ he continued.
He said those in the crowd at Melbourne Park would also need to be vaccinated.
‘All the people who are watching the tennis at the Australian Open, they’re going to be double-vaxxed, all the people that work there are going to be double-vaxxed,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘It stands to reason that if you want to get into the country to be part of that tournament, then you should be double-vaxxed as well.’
Earlier Immigration Minister Alex Hawke shared a similar view and said the players should be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country.
Mr Andrews’ comments contradicted the words of Scott Morrison who earlier on Wednesday said unvaccinated players could enter Australia provided they quarantine for two weeks
The tournament will kick off in Melbourne Park in late January with the crowd also required to be double dosed (pictured Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in February 2021)
The Victorian premier said he believed the federal government had also shared that opinion.
‘Again, I was perfectly supportive of Minister Hawkes view, which I took to be the view of the Federal Government and it appears that is not the case,’ Mr Andrews said.
The attention now turns to world No.1 Novak Djokovic who has yet to reveal his vaccination status.
If the tennis star is unable to change his stance on the mandatory jab, it may mean he’s unable to defend his Australian Open title.
More to come.