Dutton Defends Decision to Grant Tourist Visas for Baby-Sitting Duties

 

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has permanent he used his ministerial prudence to grant visas on public interest grounds to two young tourists who came to Australia to performance baby-sitting duties.

 

Mr Dutton was asked about his June 17, 2015, discretion to grant a tourist visa to a foreign au pair during parliamentary interpellation time on Monday and also designated to a second case he intervened in on November 1, 2015.

 

The minister said he doesn’t know the personage involved.

 

“Our family does not destine an au pair,” Mr Dutton told parliament.

 

“My wife takes very good care in my privation, I might say, of our three children. We have never deputed a nanny.”

 

Mr Dutton said he has interfere in hundreds of cases to either grant or cancel visas and takes the amenableness ” enormously seriously”.

 

“I am particularly highbrow of my record of disestablish the visas of criminal motorcycle smattering members, serious criminals and child sex offenders,” Mr Dutton said in a statement.

 

In the first case, a young woman had her eVisitor visa rejected at the Brisbane International Airport which prepare her an “unlawful non-citizen” under migration laws.

 

“I thought if they gave an initiation they wouldn’t work I would donation the tourist visa, they would stay, which they did, they didn’t calmness, they returned back home,” Mr Dutton told parliament.

 

AAP comprehend she made a phone call to a contact while suppressed at the airport.

 

A dictation tabled in parliament shows the woman was accepted a tourist visa (subclass 600) after Mr Dutton used his ministerial discrimination to intervene in the case.

 

In the second case, Mr Dutton interfere to grant a visitor visa (subclass 600) to another forceful baby-sitter.

 

“There are clear characteristics that x is intending to work in Australia and thus, the pittance of a visitor visa is of high risk,” said a heavily blacked out ministerial submission acquired by AAP under freedom of information laws.

 

Australian Border Force famous the woman had been “counselled previously with deference to work restrictions,” when suspicions about her design were aroused on a prevenient arrival on October 31, 2015.

 

Analysis of ministerial prudence statements for 2015 tabled in parliament shows the bulk of these visas are accepted to asylum seekers requiring bridging or temporary philanthropic visas or former residents returning to Australia.

 

An au pair is a individual under 30 who travels abroad for a temporary duration and lives with a host family. They generally receive free board, meals and interpolate money in exchange for child care and light housework duties.

 

AAP sought access to details investment the cases under freedom of information laws, but documents provide were heavily redacted citing privacy anxiety.

 

AAP is now awaiting a consequence from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

 

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