One of the two au pairs, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Peter Dutton, who was saved from deportation in 2015, came to Australia to work for a couple who knew the minister of his time as a Queensland police officer, the emails reveal filtered electronic
New details are emerging about two cases in which Mr. Dutton used his ministerial powers to prevent the Border Force from deporting young women suspected of planning to work in Australia despite having tourist visas.
The departmental emails leaked to the Senator Kimberley Kitching, who is part of a committee of the Senate that will soon investigate the two interventions.
The latest revelations refer to a young Italian woman whose visa was canceled when she arrived at the Brisbane International Airport in June 2015.
He was allowed to make a phone call and then granted a visa after an intervention by Mr. Dutton.
The request for his release came from a man who knew Mr. Dutton from his time together in the Queensland Police Service, where Mr. Dutton worked in the 1990s before entering politics.
The policeman told him Guardian Australia he "did not confirm, did not deny" the story. "Talk to Peter Dutton's office," he said.
The French case
The details of the Italian case are known days after the leaked emails revealed that Mr. Dutton challenged the advice of the Border Force in a separate case involving a French au pair.
Border officials warned that the 27-year-old, arrested at the Adelaide airport, admitted that she planned to break her tourist visa.
She was planning to take care of the pastoralist Callum MacLachlan.
Mr. MacLachlan raised the issue with his second cousin, Gillon McLachlan, who is the executive director of the AFL, who then lobbied Mr. Dutton's office to ensure the release of the girl. Callum's father is also a donor of the Liberal Party.
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.
Mr. Dutton insists that he judged the case on its merits.
"I looked at him and I thought it was a little hard, there was no criminal record, she agreed that he would not work while he was here," he told the 2GB radio on Thursday, talking about the French case.
He claimed that "enemies in the media" were unearthing the case to "square" for his role in the battle for leadership last week.
It is unclear who is responsible for the leaked emails, which shed new light on cases in which Mr. Dutton's department previously spent $ 10,000 trying to keep the secret in a dispute over freedom of information with a journalist.
There is no suggestion that any of the families involved have done anything wrong in requesting a ministerial intervention, which is relatively common. SBS News previously reported on a young disabled migrant who was allowed to stay after a ministerial intervention.
Mr. Dutton also has strong powers to intervene in visa cases under the Migration Act and there is no suggestion that he acted outside the rules.
In a statement, Dutton said he made "decisions on the merit of individual cases in accordance with the law."
"In hundreds of cases every year, the Minister of Immigration (including all Labor and Liberal ministers before me) considers cases in which a visa has been canceled or the department has issued a negative decision."