Peter Dutton challenged the advice of a senior officer of the Australian Border Force when he personally intervened to prevent a French au pair from being deported after being pressured by AFL chief Gil McLachlan.
Dutton says he intervened to save nanny Alexandra Deuwel because she thought it was "a little difficult" for a young woman without a criminal record to be expelled from the country.
He annulled the advice of a senior official of the Australian Border Force who warned that the details provided by the woman did not support the intervention of the minister.
Reports have also emerged on Thursday that another nanny to whom Mr. Dutton avoided deportation – one of the two cases presented previously – was an au pair based in Brisbane for one of the minister's former police colleagues.
Mr. Dutton was also told that there would be a "financial responsibility" for allowing the woman, understood as Italian, to stay, since her return air tickets were already reserved.
Fairfax Media reports that Mr. Dutton knew the au pair couple of his time working with the husband in the Queensland Police Service. Mr. Dutton was a QPS officer during the 1990s before entering the business and then joining the federal parliament in 2001.
Alexandra Deuwel arrived at the Adelaide airport on October 31, 2015.
In relation to the French au pair, they told Mr. Dutton that there would be a "financial responsibility" for letting her stay, since the return air fares were already reserved.
The 27-year-old was arrested and her visa was canceled by ABF officers at the Adelaide airport on October 31, 2015, after admitting that she intended to work, in violation of her tourist visa.
Ms. Deuwel admitted that she would perform child care tasks for farmer Callum MacLachlan, a resident of Adelaide, who is Gil McLachlan's second cousin, for free room and board.
Then, the head of the AFL pressured the minister's office on behalf of his relatives, and urged Mr. Dutton to let her suspend the cancellation of the visa.
Mr. Dutton's office was sent an email, since it was leaked to various media, 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?"
The minister used his discretionary powers to grant him a tourist visa for three months, on the condition that he did not work, saying that he used a common sense approach.
"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," he told the 2GB radio on Thursday.
Mr. Dutton did so even though he was told that Ms. Deuwel had been previously advised in May 2015 after violating the visa conditions on a previous visit.
He claimed that "enemies in the media" were unearthing the case to "square" for his role in the battle for leadership last week.
The spokeswoman for the immigration opposition, Shayne Neumann, is demanding the minister of the next investigation of the Senate to explain it.
"He has challenged his own council of the border force … where I think most Australians would expect this woman to get back on a plane and be expelled from the country," he said in Brisbane.
The research was originally established to investigate Mr. Dutton's interventions for two other au pairs in 2015.