The head of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, says he did nothing wrong when he intervened in the case of the French babysitting visa and asked Peter Dutton to save her from deportation.
In 2015, Mr. McLachlan pressured the then Minister of Immigration to allow Alexandra Deuwel, 27, to remain in Australia after authorities suspected that she intended to work in violation of her tourist visa.
McLachlan, whom a cousin asked for help in appealing the decision, denied receiving special treatment because of his high public profile.
"That's his assessment," McLachlan told 3AW Radio's Neil Mitchell on Friday, when it was suggested he was in a position of power.
The head of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan (he left with his wife Laura) says that he did not do anything wrong when he intervened in the case of the visa of the French nanny Alexandra Deuwel (right)
Mr. McLachlan in 2015 pressed Mr. Dutton (pictured) to allow Ms. Deuwel to stay in Australia
& # 39; I believe [the case] He has just been treated for his merits, as the minister said.
"I did not intervene in any way, I did not have contact with people who sent me back in their email, I was facilitating someone who wanted to ask a question.
& # 39; They ask me to help people all the time. They asked me to help facilitate a contact and that's what I did. "
Mr. McLachlan ordered an AFL member to send an email from his cousin to Mr. Dutton's office.
The emails showed that the Home Secretary intervened after AFL relative Gillon McLachlan called his au pair Alexandra Deuwel (pictured) to not deport her.
Mr. McLachlan ordered an AFL member to send this email from his cousin to Mr. Dutton's office.
Then, Mr. Dutton intervened, ignoring the advice of senior border security officers, and used his discretionary powers to let the young woman stay.
McLachlan acknowledged that there are a lot of "peers helping their peers" around the incident, but said he was not embarrassed by the high-profile incident.
"I'm sorry it's so public and it's such a problem, but I acted to help someone who asked me for help, redirected (the email) and I'm responsible for that," he said.
They asked Mr. McLachlan if he appealed to the department when Mr. Dutton deported Shane, Dustin Martin's father, linked to the bikinis, to New Zealand last year.
No. [The department] I knew about the problem. This was someone who just wanted the problem to be heard, "he said.
Family members of McLachlan, Callum and Skye MacLachlan (pictured with their children) previously hired Ms. Deuwel as a nanny.
They asked Mr. McLachlan if he appealed to the department when Mr. Dutton deported Shane, Dustin Martin's father linked to bikinis, last year.
& # 39; Everything he was doing [in Ms Deuwel’s case] I was trying to facilitate the contact, not make a representation & # 39;
McLachlan said he had never encountered the French nanny at the center of the controversy and revealed that he did not know Mr. Dutton well.
"It's not right, I mean, I certainly know it," McLachlan said.
"I would say that I know him as a minister in a government with which we deal, as we deal with many governments all the time."
& # 39;[The department] I knew about the problem, "said Mr. McLachlan about the deportation of Shane Martin (he left with Dustin)
Shane Martin was exiled from Australia last year along with 20 others and was forced to build a new life in Auckland
Mr. Dutton said that "it was a common sense application" to revoke Ms. Deuwel's canceled visa.
Reports suggest that Mr. Dutton also intervened to stop the deportation of a second young foreign au pair after a request from a former police colleague with whom he had not spoken in decades.
Reportedly, Russell and Nicole Keag made a request in June 2015 to revoke a border control decision in Brisbane to deport Michela Marchisio that they intended to hire as a nanny.
Mr. Dutton, who knew Mr. Keag from his time in the Queensland police force in the 1990s, used his discretionary powers to intervene.
Michela Marchisio (pictured) saw her detention in Brisbane overturned when Mr. Dutton intervened after a request from his intended employers Russel and Nicole Keag
Gillon McLachlan addresses the media at a press conference earlier this year
Mr. Dutton is urged to clear the air before a Senate investigation runs a fine-toothed comb on the decision in Ms. Deuwel's case, as well as her intervention for the Brisbane-based au pair.
As a minister, Mr. Dutton can not be forced to appear before next Wednesday's investigation, but it is understood that senior civil servants are on the witness list.
Labor is urging Mr. Dutton to lead the investigation, with leader Bill Shorten asking: "What was so special about this French au pair? & # 39;
Green Senator Nick McKim said the decision shows the "arbitrary brutality" of the immigration system, as asylum seekers are detained in Nauru and Manus Island.
Mr. Dutton used his discretionary powers to grant Ms. Deuwel a visa on the condition that she did not perform paid work