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Peter Dutton au pair decision helped Queensland police colleague

Peter Dutton intervened to stop the deportation of a second young foreign au pair after a request from a former police colleague he had not spoken to in decades.

Russell and Nicole Kea made a request in June 2015 to overturn a border control decision in Brisbane to deport a young woman they intended to hire as an au pair.

Mr Dutton, who knew Mr Keag from his time in the Queensland police force in the 1990s, used his discretionary powers as Home Affairs Minister to intervene. 

Mr Keag had reportedly not spoken to Mr Dutton for two decades but contacted the minister’s office to request assistance when the au pair was detained, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.   

It comes just days after it was revealed Mr Dutton intervened when AFL boss Gillon McLachlan’s relative, Callum, appealed for his French au pair Alexandra Deuwel not to be deported.

Mr Dutton went against the advice of his department to release her from detention, explosive leaked emails revealed.   

Peter Dutton (pictured) made another intervention to overturn a border control decision relating to a foreign au pair – after a request from a former Queensland police colleague, it has been revealed

Russel and Nicole Keag intended to employ the au pair and contacted Mr Dutton's office to request assistance after she was detained in Brisbane in 2015

Russel and Nicole Keag intended to employ the au pair and contacted Mr Dutton’s office to request assistance after she was detained in Brisbane in 2015

Mr Dutton used powers at his disposal under the Migration Act to intervene in both cases, with the woman who arrived in Brisbane interviewed and detained on arrival because she intended to work on a tourist visa.  

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a spokeswoman for Mr Dutton said each case was considered on their merits.

She said: ‘Any suggestions cases are determined on any other basis, including whether he knew the individual who referred the matter, is completely false.’

Daily Mail Australia has approached the office for the Minister for Home Affairs for comment.  

Emails showed the Home Affairs minister also intervened in the case of AFL boss Gillon McLachlan’s relative, Callum, who appealed for his French au pair Alexandra Deuwel not to be deported,The Age reported. 

Ms Deuwel, 27, who had previously been counselled by border authorities over her visa conditions, was detained at Adelaide Airport on October 31, 2015, after she admitted she intended to work while on a tourist visa.

Emails showed the Home Affairs Minister intervened after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan's relative, Callum, appealed for his au pair Alexandra Deuwel (pictured) not to be deported

Emails showed the Home Affairs Minister intervened after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan’s relative, Callum, appealed for his au pair Alexandra Deuwel (pictured) not to be deported

Mr Dutton used his ministerial powers to allow her to stay in Australia for three months after his chief of staff was forwarded the email written by Callum MacLachlan and his wife Skye.

‘There has clearly been a misunderstanding that she was intending to work for us when she is here to spend time with our family, as we consider her to be family,’ the couple wrote.

‘What can we do to have this injustice resolved and have her tourist visa reinstated before she flies out tonight?’.

Mr Dutton granted her a three month tourist visa on the condition she did not work, despite being told the young woman had previously been counselled in May 2015 after breaching her visa conditions.

Mr Dutton used his ministerial powers to allow her to stay in Australia after his chief of staff was forwarded the email (pictured) written by Callum MacLachlan and his wife Skye

Mr Dutton used his ministerial powers to allow her to stay in Australia after his chief of staff was forwarded the email (pictured) written by Callum MacLachlan and his wife Skye

Mr Dutton granted her a three month tourist visa on the condition she did not work (Gillon McLachlan pictured)

Mr Dutton granted her a three month tourist visa on the condition she did not work (Gillon McLachlan pictured)

The move was described as ‘discretionary and humanitarian act’ for a person with ‘ongoing needs’, decision submission documents obtained by ABC News revealed.

The document stated the decision was in the ‘interests of Australia as a humane and generous society’. 

Mr Dutton, who lost his immigration responsibilities after last week’s spill and the resulting Cabinet reshuffle, was Sports Minister from in 2013 and 2014.

Ms Deuwel had last been in Australia on May 3 as a holder of a tourist visa, having worked for the MacLachlan family as an au pair in 2013 and 2014.

Mr Dutton said he weighed up the case based on its merits rather than the person who had referred it, arguing references to the woman being an au pair were ‘flowery language’ and ‘complete nonsense’.

Alexandra Deuwel (pictured), 27, was detained at Adelaide Airport on October 31 2015 after telling immigration officials she intended to work in Australia

Alexandra Deuwel (pictured), 27, was detained at Adelaide Airport on October 31 2015 after telling immigration officials she intended to work in Australia

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan's relatives Callum and Skye MacLachlan (pictured with their children) previously employed Ms Deuwel as a nanny

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan’s relatives Callum and Skye MacLachlan (pictured with their children) previously employed Ms Deuwel as a nanny

‘I looked at it and thought it’s a bit rough, there’s no criminal history, she’s agreed that she wouldn’t work while she was here,’ Mr Dutton told 2GB radio on Thursday.

‘As I understand it, she never overstayed the visa, hasn’t committed any offences, and I thought it was an application of common sense.’

Mr Dutton said he dealt with hundreds of visa issues each year and claimed ‘enemies in the media’ were dredging the case up to ‘get square’ for his role in bringing down Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership coup last week.

The minister also hit out at a Senate inquiry set up to examine his interventions in the cases of two other au pairs in 2015, which is due to hear evidence next week.

‘I am a person of integrity, I’ve never been compromised, I never will,’ he said.   

Ms Deuwel (pictured) was counselled by Australian Border Force officers in May 2015 about breaching her visa conditions while leaving Australia

Ms Deuwel (pictured) was counselled by Australian Border Force officers in May 2015 about breaching her visa conditions while leaving Australia

When Ms Deuwel flew to visit the MacLachlans she told officers she planned to work and had her eVisitor visa cancelled as a result.   

After her detention, Mr Dutton’s chief of staff Craig Maclachlan is understood to have been contacted by an AFL official on behalf of Mr McLachlan.

Gillon McLachlan is the second cousin of Callum MacLachlan, although they spell their surnames slightly differently.

Craig Maclachlan spells his surname differently again but is not related to any of the parties involved. 

After her detention, Mr Dutton's chief of staff Craig Maclachlan is understood to have been contacted by an AFL official on behalf of Mr McLachlan (pictured)

After her detention, Mr Dutton’s chief of staff Craig Maclachlan is understood to have been contacted by an AFL official on behalf of Mr McLachlan (pictured)

Mr Dutton used his discretionary powers to grant Ms Deuwel a visa under the condition she did not undertake paid work

Mr Dutton used his discretionary powers to grant Ms Deuwel a visa under the condition she did not undertake paid work

Callum MacLachlan is a wealthy pastoralist whose family has donated some $150,000 to the Liberal Party.

Mr MacLachlan’s father Hugh donated a further $50,000 to the party’s South Australian branch six months after Mr Dutton’s intervention.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Alexandra Deuwel, Callum Maclachlan and Gillon McLachlan for comment. 

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