The head of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, helped an Argentine polo player get a visa as a favor, before saving the French au pair from a friend of deportation.
- Revealed the last intervention in a parliamentary investigation on Wednesday
- He said he asked a colleague to review a visa application for the polo player
- The colleague contacted the prime minister's office to inform him that it had been approved
- The head of AFL also appealed to the government about the visa of a French au pair
Charlie Coe for Daily Mail Australia
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan revealed that he helped secure the application for an Argentine polo player visa that was "friend of a friend," before saving a French au pair who worked for his second cousin, Callum McLachlan. .
The head of the AFL is presenting evidence to a Senate committee about pressuring Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to save au pair Alexandre Deuwel.
He told the investigation on Wednesday that he asked AFL government relations chief Jude Donnelly, a former liberal staff member, to verify a business visa application for the polo player in 2014.
The head of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, revealed that he helped secure a visa application for an Argentine polo player who was "friend of a friend"
McLachlan saved French au pair Alexandra Deuwel (pictured), who worked for her second cousin Callum McLachlan. He referred the case to Peter Dutton who revoked the deportation
Callum McLachlan contacted his relative, who told Donnelly to send an email to the minister's chief of staff.
Ms. Donnelly said she had asked a former colleague from the office of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the status of the request and was told that it had already been approved and was being processed.
The head of the AFL said: "I was contacted by someone who was waiting for a business visa, a friend of a friend, who wanted to enter the country that had language problems.
"I asked Mrs. Donnelly to understand if the visa had been approved or not."
Ms. Donnelly's request was made when Scott Morrison was Minister of Immigration, but Mr. Morrison said he did not remember the matter.
In a separate case revealed by secret documents and leaked emails, French woman Alexandra Deuwel was arrested at the Adelaide airport in October 2015 after admitting she was trying to break her tourist visa for the second cousin of the AFL chief.
Then, Mr. Dutton revoked the department's advice, allowing Ms. Deuwel to remain in the country on a tourist visa.
McLachlan told the inquiry on Wednesday that he asked AFL government relations chief Jude Donnelly (right) – a former liberal staff member – to review a business visa application for the polo player in 2014.
The Department of the Interior has forwarded the leak to the Australian Federal Police.
The minister of internal affairs, who has intervened to make decisions on visitor visas on only 25 occasions, told reporters that he had received 9,000 requests for intervention by deputies and senators solely on visas.
Immigration agent Eve Watts also appeared in Wednesday's investigation, revealing that she had trouble seeing any public interest in granting a visa to foreign au pairs.
The intervention was revealed by Mr. McLachlan at a Senate committee hearing about lobbying the Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dutton (pictured) to save au pair Alexandre Deuwel