Dut­ton de­nies raid link

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION -

HOME Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton, pic­tured, has de­nied trig­ger­ing a raid on his own fed­eral de­part­ment by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the leak­ing of emails re­lat­ing to the au pair saga.

“I knew noth­ing of the raid, it’s an is­sue for the AFP,” he told re­porters in Bris­bane yes­ter­day.

“The AFP make their own de­ci­sion about ex­e­cu­tion of war­rants and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of mat­ters. It is noth­ing to do with me as the min­is­ter.”

The De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs of­fices in Can­berra were raided on Thurs­day af­ter the AFP agreed to in­ves­ti­gate the leak on Au­gust 30.

The in­ter­nal emails showed Mr Dut­ton’s of­fice de­manded an au pair de­tained at Bris­bane air­port be given ur­gent con­sid­er­a­tion for a visa.

The min­is­ter had told par­lia­ment he did not know the nanny’s em­ployer, but it was later re­vealed to be a former col­league from his time as Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cer.

Mr Dut­ton main­tained they had not spo­ken in the 20 years prior to the visa as­sis­tance.

The emails also showed the de­part­ment ex­pressly dis­agreed with Mr Dut­ton’s push to give a visa to an­other au pair de­tained in Ade­laide in Novem­ber 2015.

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