Prime Minister Scott Morrison has clearly chosen a side in the dispute between Interior Minister Peter Dutton and former head of the Australian border force, Roman Quaedvlieg.
Mr. Morrison was asked about the ongoing war of words between the two about 7:30 AM on Tuesday and whether he supported Mr. Dutton.
"Yes, I do … I worked with Roman when he was the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection and I am disappointed that the claims he is making now are so palpably demonstrated that they are false," he said.
"They lack complete credibility and I am disappointed that they have made these false claims and tried to shatter the character of Peter Dutton.
"Mr. Dutton did a great job of replacing me when he was Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, and he has done an excellent job of protecting our borders."
It came after a dramatic day between Mr Dutton and Quaedvlieg on Tuesday.
Mr. Dutton used parliamentary privilege to respond to claims that he helped secure jobs for two former police colleagues.
"This defamation comes from the former commissioner of the Australian Border Force, a man who was commissioned destitute of his position, was a man who groomed a girl 30 years younger than him … It is discredited and discredited." he said.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Quaedvlieg said Dutton's comments were "disgusting and offensive."
Previously, Mr. Quaedvlieg wrote to the Senate investigation into Mr. Dutton's actions as a minister.
He alleged that the minister's chief of staff asked him to help a "partner" of Mr. Dutton by avoiding the deportation of a young European au pair, who had been detained by the Border Force on suspicion of a visa violation.
Mr. Morrison also used the interview to rule out allegations of systematic harassment against women in the Liberal Party and nullified the notion of gender quotas.
"This is a very hot business, as we know … [But] there were no specific gender actions related to what it is, some would call it very intense lobbying, which is quite normal in the political process, although not uplifting ".
"[Quotas are] never something that has supported … I do not believe that quotas are the way to eliminate obstacles ".
But the prime minister did support the protections of religious freedoms.
"I can guarantee all Australians that their religious freedoms will be protected by law if necessary," he said.
"I want parents to continue to have full right of choice when they send their children to a faith-based school so that the faith-based nature of those schools is protected." I want to make sure that if people have particular religious views. they won, not be discriminated against. "