Dutton defends action in au pair cases

Peter Dutton told parliament he did nothing wrong when he intervened to help two European au pairs.
Peter Dutton told parliament he did nothing wrong when he intervened to help two European au pairs.

KEY POINTS FROM PETER DUTTON ON AU PAIR SAGA:

OVERALL:

* Did not grant a visa to a person employed by him or his wife as a nanny.

* Do not have any personal connection or any type of relationship with the people involved in the matters.

ADELAIDE CASE:

* An AFL government relations officer made a representation to his chief of staff, who then sought information from the immigration department.

* The department compiled a submission which recommended intervention and this was supported by the minister.

BRISBANE CASE:

* The minister has not socialised with or had any personal contact with the former police officer who sought intervention.

* "No reasonable person could come to the conclusion that my professional association through working in the same large public service some 20 years ago constitutes either a personal connection or relationship."

* A staff member in the minister's office asked for information from the department, then sought further information through the department liaison officer.

* At no time did he speak with the ABF Commissioner, the department liaison officer or any other member of the department regarding the matter.

* The department compiled a submission which recommended intervention and the minister accepted the recommendation.

(Source: Dutton statement to parliament.)

Australian Associated Press