Scott Morrison defends Dutton’s parliamentary attack on ex-Border Force boss

Scott Morrison has defended Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton over his attack on the former Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg, including claims he “groomed” a woman 30 years his junior.

The Prime Minister said Mr Dutton was expressing “a great frustration” at the “false claims” that have been made against him.

“Mr Dutton has been the subject of spurious and false allegation after spurious and false allegation,” Mr Morrison said.

The Prime Minister has defended comments made by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during Question Time, attacking former Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg.

The Prime Minister has defended comments made by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during Question Time, attacking former Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg.

“He has made some statements in Parliament which I think highlighted his frustration at the continued and repeated reporting of false claims about him.”

Mr Dutton used parliamentary privilege during Question Time yesterday, to unleash an extraordinary attack on the former ABF chief, Mr Quaedvlieg – who he sacked earlier this year – as the source of allegations he’d misused his ministerial powers to grant visas to two au pairs.

The Minister told the house Mr Quaedvlieg had “groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself”, saying he was “discredited and disgraced”.

Mr Dutton used parliamentary privilege to unleash the stunning attack on Mr Quaedvlieg, saying he had 'groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself'.

Mr Dutton used parliamentary privilege to unleash the stunning attack on Mr Quaedvlieg, saying he had 'groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself'.

The outburst took the war of words between the two to a new level, with Mr Quaedvlieg demanding Mr Dutton withdraw the comment and be given a right of reply.

But the Prime Minister is standing by his leadership rival.

“He continues to do his job of ensuring Australians are kept safe at home, as the Minister for Home Affairs, and he will continue to do that job to the best of his abilities which has been very much up to the task,” Mr Morrison said.

Scott Morrison has backed the move, saying Mr Dutton was expressing 'a great frustration' at 'false claims' that have been made of him about allegedly misusing ministerial powers to grant visas.

Scott Morrison has backed the move, saying Mr Dutton was expressing 'a great frustration' at 'false claims' that have been made of him about allegedly misusing ministerial powers to grant visas.

Mr Morrison said he’s surprised the “false claims” are continuing to be aired.

“Because they’ve been proven to be completely spurious and inaccurate and if people want to do that, it’s up to them, but he (Mr Dutton) has the right to a right of reply which he has provided.”

Mr Quaedvlieg was sacked, after an investigation into claims he provided a job at Sydney Airport for his girlfriend. 

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