The "unreliable" intervention of Peter Dutton to stop the deportation of a French au pair has been revealed in leaked emails that show that it was against the advice of his department.
The emails showed that the Minister of Internal Affairs intervened after AFL relative Gillon McLachlan called on his French au pair Alexandra Deuwel not to be deported, The Age reported.
Ms. Deuwel, 27, who had been advised by the border authorities about the conditions of her visa, was arrested at the Adelaide airport on October 31, 2015, after she admitted that she intended to work while she was with a tourist visa.
The "reckless" intervention of Peter Dutton (pictured) to stop the deportation of a French au pair has been revealed in leaked emails that show that it was against the advice of his department
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. Dutton used his ministerial powers to allow him to remain in Australia for three months after his chief of staff sent him the email written by Callum MacLachlan and his wife Skye.
"There has been a clear misunderstanding that he intended to work for us when he is here to spend time with our family, as we consider it to be a family," the couple wrote.
"What can we do to resolve this injustice and restore your tourist visa before she leaves tonight?"
Mr. Dutton granted her a three-month tourist visa on the condition that she did not work, despite being told that the young woman had been previously advised in May 2015 after violating the conditions of her visa.
Mr. Dutton used his ministerial powers to allow him to stay in Australia after his chief of staff sent him the email (pictured) written by Callum MacLachlan and his wife Skye.
The measure was described as & # 39; discretionary and humanitarian act & # 39; for a person with "continuous needs", revealed decision submission documents obtained by ABC News.
The document said that the decision was in the interest of Australia as a humane and generous society.
Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching said Mr. Dutton's participation "was anything but routine or of all sectors."
"This whole thing is as dubious as it seems," said Senator Kitching.
Dutton, who lost his migration responsibilities after last week's spill and the resulting cabinet reshuffle, was Minister of Sports in 2013 and 2014.
Ms. Deuwel had been in Australia for the last time on May 3 as the holder of a tourist visa, having worked for the MacLachlan family as an au pair in 2013 and 2014.
Dutton said he weighed the case based on his merits rather than the person who had referred him, arguing that references to the woman being an au pair were "flowery language". and complete nonsense & # 39;
The family members of the AFL executive president, Gillon McLachlan, Callum and Skye MacLachlan (photographed with their children) previously hired Ms. Deuwel as a nanny.
"I looked at him and I thought it was a bit harsh, there was no criminal record, she agreed that he would not work while he was here," Dutton told the 2GB radio on Thursday.
"As I understand it, she never lingered on the visa, did not commit any crime and I thought it was an application of common sense."
Dutton said he dealt with hundreds of visa problems each year and claimed that "enemies in the media" they were dredging the case to & # 39; solve it & # 39; for his role in taking down Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership coup last week.
The minister also attacked in a Senate investigation created to examine his interventions in the cases of two other au pairs in 2015, which should hear evidence next week.
"I am a person of integrity, I have never been compromised, I will never do it," he said.
Alexandra Deuwel (pictured), 27, was arrested at the Adelaide airport on October 31, 2015 after telling immigration officials that she intended to work in Australia.
Ms. Deuwel (pictured) was advised by Australian Border Force officers in May 2015 about non-compliance with visa conditions when leaving Australia.
When Ms. Deuwel flew to visit the MacLachlans, she told the officers that she planned to work and that her eVisitor visa was canceled as a result.
After his arrest, it is understood that Craig Maclachlan, Mr. Dutton's chief of staff, was 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 his arrest, it is understood that Craig Maclachlan, Mr. Dutton's chief of staff, was contacted by an AFL officer on behalf of Mr. McLachlan (pictured)
Mr. Dutton used his discretionary powers to grant Ms. Deuwel a visa on the condition that she did not perform paid work
Callum MacLachlan is a wealthy pastor whose family has donated some $ 150,000 to the Liberal Party.
Mr. MacLachlan Hugh's father donated another $ 50,000 to the Southern Australian branch of the party six months after Mr. Dutton's intervention.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Alexandra Deuwel, Callum Maclachlan and Gillon McLachlan for comments.