June – November 2018
Peter Dutton overturned the deportation of three young women working as au pairs. In the first case, an au pair whose visa was cancelled at Brisbane’s international airport in June 2015 made a phone call and within a few hours, Dutton approved a new visa using his ministerial discretion powers.
Dutton was accused of double standards in August 2018 after it emerged that he had refused over many months a request to meet Australian Army veteran Jason Scanes, who was trying to obtain a visa for his Afghan interpreter, whose life was in danger for helping coalition forces. Following media attention, Dutton’s department agreed to review the case but denied the appeal against its original decision.
In November 2015, Dutton granted a visitor’s visa to a second au pair even though his department had warned in writing that the au pair was “high risk” because she had previously been counselled about work restrictions. Media agency AAP fought for two years to access details about the au pairs’ employers. According to Guardian Australia, the case ended up in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, where on April 3, 2018, member Chris Puplick, a former Liberal Party senator, dismissed AAP’s case.
In the case of the third au pair, in November 2015 Dutton overturned a decision to deport a young Frenchwoman Alexandra Deuwel, just a few hours after receiving a phone call on a Sunday. Ms Deuwel had previously been employed by Callum MacLachlan, the joint managing director of the cattle and sheep company Jumbuck Pastoral. The family has donated $150,000 or so over the years to the Liberal party. Six months after Dutton’s intervention in the matter involving Ms Deuwel, Mr MacLachlan’s father Hugh donated $50,000 to the Liberal Party’s South Australian branch. Dutton’s decision followed lobbying by AFL boss Gillon McLachlan on behalf of his cousin Callum MacLachlan.
Grassgate – Angus Taylor kept mum on personal financial interest
Angus Taylor did not declare his financial interest in a company at a meeting with senior environment officials and the office of the then environment minister, Josh Frydenberg about endangered grasslands.
‘My bad’: Stuart Robert blames MyGov crash on DoS attack
Robert claimed myGov website crashed due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and not because of the large number of unemployed people trying to log in to register for Centrelink.
Tony Abbott’s office ‘aided Chinese donation’ after ASIO warning
Tony Abbott's office reportedly helped Chinese billionaire and "agent of foreign influence" to donate to the Liberal Party in 2016.
Stuart Robert ‘has a go’ with his $38k internet bill
At the same time Stuart Robert was claiming extraordinarily high internet bills from taxpayers for his Gold Coast home, he was also saying: "There is a small segment of the community who still think it is okay to cheat the system.”
Coalition’s $444m for Barrier Reef foundation did not follow rules
The Coalition awarded a $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation without a tender process, the “due diligence” was based on information provided for another purpose, and the foundation had to submit a retrospective application after it had been awarded the money.
Sloppy Joe Hockey and his Cabcharges
Joe Hockey flew out of Sydney on April 17, 2011, landed in Dubai on April 18, but was also recorded as taking a $190 hire car ride from his Hunters Hill home to Channel Seven and back again.