..

Politics

  • Written by Senator Abetz


Despite Labor’s best efforts in hyping up the so-called “au pair” Senate inquiry, the farcical and shambolic witch-hunt has come up with nothing except findings that mirror the Labor Party’s initial talking points according to Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

As highlighted in the Dissenting Report from Senators Abetz and Macdonald tabled in the Senate this afternoon, the undisputed evidence provided to the Senate Committee was very clear:

  • That of the 24 subclass 600 interventions signed by Minister Dutton, only two (the already publicised Brisbane and Adelaide cases) related to au pairs[1];
  • In both of these cases, the Minister accepted the Department’s recommendation to grant a short-term visitor visa to the two individuals involved[2];
  • That neither the Minister nor his office had any contact with the Department on either the Brisbane or Adelaide cases, other than through the usual channel of the Departmental Liaison Officer[3];
  • That no additional costs were incurred by the Department on the two cases[4]; and
  • The Minister acted within Ministerial Intervention powers as prescribed under the Migration Act and the Department’s Guidelines for Ministerial Intervention.

“While Labor Senators constantly changed the goal posts in order to try and locate a smoking gun, the extensive hearings show that not only is there no smoking gun, there is in fact no gun,” Senator Abetz said.

“Despite the very comprehensive trawling from Labor Senators both in the public hearing and with substantial correspondence back and forth with the Department, there was no evidence to suggest that the Minister acted inappropriately or illegally – indeed the Department directly refuted such suggestions.”

“Contrary to media reports, the clear evidence was that only two visas relating to “au pairs” were considered by the Minister and in both cases the Department of Home Affairs recommended to the Minister in their brief that the Minister should intervene to provide a short-term tourist visa.”

“Further, it was patently clear that the evidence of the disgraced former Australian Border Force Commissioner, Mr Quaedvlieg, was severely lacking in credibility particularly given it was so easily disproven.”

“Any objective assessment of the evidence presented to the Committee, contrary to the hyperbolic Labor/Green report, reveals that Labor’s claims are completely wrong and that Minister Dutton has acted both honourably and commendably,” Senator Abetz concluded.

The Coalition Senators Dissenting Report is available here.


1] Question on Notice IEMP/003
[2] Hansard, pages 37-38
[3] Question on Notice IEMP/011
[4] Question on Notice IEMP/013

George Neophytou - Don’t be taken for granted

George Neophytou George Neophytou, independent candidate for Gippsland East is concerned our electorate is being taken for granted. For too long Gippsland East has been the electorate that Labor...

Prime Minister's media conference at Glenelg

DOORSTOP WITH PREMIER OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA HON STEVEN MARSHALL MP, MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP AND NICOLLE FLINT MP, MEMBER FOR BOOTHBY GLENELG, SA SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018 SUBJEC...

Canavan calls out Shorten’s resources schtick

Resources Minister Matt Canavan has called on Labor to state one clear position – just one, not two or three - on the future of Australia’s thermal coal industry.   Following a string of confused ...

Labor must back independent board for agri-chemical regulator

Labor must back moves to further strengthen the independence of the agri-chemical regulator, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said today.   Minister Littleproud, who has said the Austral...

Scott Morrison interview with Ian McNamara

IAN MCNAMARA: Good morning Prime Minister. PRIME MINISTER: G’day Macca how are you? MACCA: You’re at Bathurst I believe? PRIME MINISTER: Yeah we’re just rolling up now, up towards the racetrack a...

Shorten sells out Victorian workers over gas

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has condemned federal Labor leader Bill Shorten’s “anti-development agenda” following comments he made in Victoria today about sourcing gas...

Business News

Brava Lingerie

Brava Lingerie’s Customer Service The Perfect Fit; 2018 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards winners When Lin Windram and daughter Maxine launched Brava Lingerie 12 years ago due to their own negati...

Australian handmade soaps woo China buyers

Natural handmade soaps are experiencing a boom across mainland China with households prepared to pay a premium to buy them.    Driven by a growing disillusionment with cosmetics products that contai...

How to Improve the Work Environment for Employees

As an employer, there are many things it takes to hold a business together. As well as ensuring you market it and keep a steady stream of income, managing your employees effectively is also critical...

Travel

The Best Moment of Your Life from Lonely Planet

Discover 100 Life-Changing Travel Experiences with The Best Moment of Your Life from Lonely Planet What’s the best moment of your life? It’s a simple question to ask, but a more challenging one t...

Travel expert Anthony Goldman outlines what's trending for elite travellers

LOVERS OF LUXE DRIVING TRAVEL TRENDS   Travel expert Anthony Goldman outlines what’s trending for elite travellers in 2019 and beyond…   Media Release – 15 October 2018 - Travellers are splurgin...

End of year travel can deliver big benefits if booked on certain credit cards

With more than 56% percent of the Australian population now owning a passport, it is no surprise the Australia Government recorded over nine million trips overseas at 2017 financial year end.   A wh...