Labor’s au pair fishing expedition explodes in their face & Quaedvlieg’s straw-man destroyed

Responses to Labor’s Questions on Notice from the Department of Home Affairs in the much-hyped ‘au pair’ inquiry have again demonstrated their fishing expedition has been a complete flop and that the evidence of Roman Quaedvlieg is not only deficient but unsustainable.

The responses from the Department of Home Affairs show:

  • That of the 24 subclass 600 interventions signed by Minister Dutton, only two (the already publicised Brisbane and Adelaide cases) related to au pairs;
  • That neither the Minister nor his office had any contact with the Department on either the Brisbane or Adelaide cases, with the only contact being through the usual channel of the Departmental Liaison Officer; and
  • That no additional costs were incurred by the Department on the two cases.

 “If it wasn’t embarrassing enough for Labor that they over-egged the hearing that was held, these responses now completely expose the Labor Party leadership over this failed fishing expedition with its litany of demonstrably false allegations,” Senator Abetz said.

 “The responses from the Department of Home Affairs completely discredit the two letters that Mr Quaedvlieg has sent to the Senate Committee.”

“The Labor Senators’ exaggerated claims and grand conspiracy theories have been exposed as just completely false.”

 “If it wasn’t already, it’s now completely clear that Minister Dutton has acted entirely appropriately whereas it appears that Labor Senators have been foolishly marched in by Mr Shorten’s office on the basis of false information.”

“It is time for Mr Shorten to apologise and explain the links between his office and Mr Quaedvlieg,” Senator Abetz said.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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