Dutton comment disgusting: ex-Border boss

The man Peter Dutton accused of having “groomed” a woman 30 years younger than him wants the Home Affairs Minister to withdraw the “disgusting” comment.

Mr Dutton on Tuesday used parliamentary privilege to accuse former Australian Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg of having “groomed” a younger woman who became his girlfriend.

But Mr Quaedvlieg demanded he withdraw the “disgusting and offensive” comment, which he said was an accusation of a criminal sexual offence.

The Home Affairs Minister verbally attacked the ex-ABF boss in parliament, after Labor quizzed Mr Dutton over claims he pushed for two Queensland police officers to secure jobs at the agency.

“(Mr Quaedvlieg) was, as commissioner, sacked from his position. He was a man who had groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself,” Mr Dutton told parliament.

“He is discredited and disgraced.”

Mr Quaedvlieg, who was fired from his role after helping his girlfriend get a job, responded on Twitter.

“Grooming? Are you serious? That has a legislative meaning. Is that what he meant? Parliamentary privilege, huh?” Mr Quaedvlieg tweeted.

In a statement he labelled it “extraordinary behaviour” from a cabinet minister.

The stoush between the two former Queensland police officers originally erupted over Mr Dutton’s decision to grant visas to two au pairs held in immigration detention.

Mr Dutton was also accused of lobbying Mr Quaedvlieg to secure jobs at the ABF for two other former police officers, including one who is now an adviser in his ministerial office.

“He put in for a job with Australian Border Force, there was no interference with that process,” Mr Dutton said.

A Senate committee is investigating Mr Dutton’s decision to personally intervene to stop the deportation of an Italian nanny in 2015, after his office was contacted by a former Queensland police colleague.

The visa was granted within hours, but Mr Dutton said he intervened at short notice in many cases.

He also intervened in a similar case after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan’s staff contacted his office about a French au pair.

Mr Quaedvlieg has provided evidence about what he says could be a potential third case, detailing a conversation with Mr Dutton’s chief of staff about an au pair detained at Brisbane airport.

The committee will deliver its report on September 19, with Labor and the Greens talking to coalition MPs about the possibility of a no confidence motion in Mr Dutton.

© AAP 2018

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