The head of the Ex-Border Force states that Peter Dutton's chief of staff called him asking for help from a "friend" who was trying to obtain a visa for an Italian nanny.
- Former Border Force Commissioner says that Dutton's office contacted him by the au pair
- Michela Marchisio, Italian citizen, was arrested at the Brisbane airport in 2015
- It is understood that he intended to work on a tourist visa for a couple from Queensland
Brett Lackey for Daily Mail Australia
The former commissioner of the Australian Border Force submitted a petition to a Senate investigation stating that Peter Dutton's office had contacted him to obtain a visa for an Italian au pair.
Roman Quaedvlieg, who was hand-picked to be the first Commissioner of the Border Force by Mr. Dutton himself, told the investigation that he received a phone call from the then Minister of Immigration, Craig Maclachlan, in June 2015.
Mr. Quaedvlieg states that Mr. Maclachlan said that he was calling "on behalf of the Minister" to confirm if the au pair had been arrested upon arrival at the Brisbane airport, ABC reports.
The former commissioner of the Australian Border Force submitted a petition to a Senate investigation in which he claimed that Peter Dutton's office had contacted him by an Italian au pair (pictured in 2016)
It is understood that the au pair, Michela Marchisio (pictured) was arrested for planning to work with a tourist visa
Mr. Quaedvlieg states that the Chief of Staff said that he was calling "on behalf of the Minister"
He says that he later established that she had been detained because she intended to work with a tourist visa.
When he transmitted this information to Mr. Maclachlan, he is said to have asked "what must happen so that the minister invalidates" the decision?
It is understood that the au pair, Michela Marchisio, planned to work for the Queensland police officer Russell Keag and his wife, Nicole.
Mr. Keag was a former colleague of Mr. Dutton's when he worked as a police officer in Queensland.
The au pair planned to work for Queensland police officer Russell Keag and his wife, Nicole (pictured)
Ms. Marchisio, the au pair at the center of the accusations, represented in Brisbane