Work requesting a one-week extension for Peter Dutton's au pair investigation

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, September 10, 2018

The Senate committee investigating Peter Dutton's use of ministerial powers to save au pairs from deportation today will request more time before his final report is published.

SBS News understands that Labor Party President Louise Pratt will request Senate approval to extend the investigation until September 19.

The Upper House will have to approve the extension, but the Labor Party trusts that it will pass with the support of the Greens and the central bank.

The senators in the investigation have already received e-mail leaks from the internal affairs department.

The investigation was due on Tuesday, but recent revelations by former Border Force chief Roman Quaedvlieg have raised new questions and sparked a bitter public dispute with Mr. Dutton.

The former head of the Australian border force, Roman Quaedvlieg, urged Labor to shore up their border policy. (AAP)

Mr. Quaedvlieg wrote to the investigation alleging that the minister's chief of staff had asked him to help a "fellow" of Mr. Dutton by avoiding the deportation of a young European au pair, who had been detained by the Border Force under Suspect of visa violation.

Mr. Dutton responded by accusing his former senior border officer of working with the Labor Party in a smear campaign and pointing out that Mr. Quaedvlieg's dates did not coincide with the dates he worked in the department.

In turn, Mr. Quaedvlieg wrote a second letter explaining the confusion of the date suggesting that he may have been referring to a third au pair intervention.

The Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dutton leaves after the question time.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Peter Dutton, has rejected claims that he has tried to help a third au pair. (AAP)


Labor Senator Murray Watt said there was a "growing scandal around Peter Dutton."

On Monday, Dutton distanced himself from the Queensland cop at the scandal center by one of the au pairs.

The dispute is reduced to whether Mr. Dutton did a friend a favor, or if he was simply judging the case on its merits after he was contacted by a man who had not spoken in 20 years.

"You do not have my personal phone number or my personal email address."

The minister has also published the email he received from the contact, which began with the words: "Peter, long-standing between calls".

The workers took advantage of the email as proof of a certain familiarity between the two men.