Ex-border chief’s explosive au pair letter

FORMER BORDER FORCE CHIEF ROMAN QUAEDVLIEG’S EVIDENCE

* Quaedvlieg received a call from Dutton’s chief-of-staff Craig MacLachlan in mid-June 2015.

* He was told “the boss’s mate in Brisbane” had a problem with his prospective au pair who had been detained at Brisbane airport by immigration officials.

* Officers detained her after finding evidence on her that indicated she was intending to work for reward in Australia, breaching her visa requirements.

* Quaedvlieg then called MacLachlan back, telling him the reasons for the au pair’s detention. He said the intent was to keep her in detention and deport her as soon as possible.

* MacLachlan asked Quaedvlieg: “What needs to be done to fix this? Can the boss overturn it?”

* Quaedvlieg told MacLachlan that Dutton could ask the departmental liaison officer in his office to request a ministerial briefing on a possible intervention from the department.

* MacLachlan thanks Quaedvlieg and ends the conversation.

SOURCE: Roman Quaedvlieg’s evidence to a Senate inquiry.

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