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THE HON PETER DUTTON MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION

STATEMENT ON AAP ARTICLE

26 March 2018

I refer to a report published in various media outlets today, authored by Lisa Martin of Australian Associated Press.

Through her questions to my office and her published article Ms Martin seeks to suggest that decisions I have made as Minister have been to my personal or my family’s benefit (in particular in relation to employment of an au pair).

I categorically reject those inferences.

Ms Martin was provided with direct responses to that effect in September 2016, but she continues to publish material which suggests otherwise or contains inferences of impropriety.

For the wider record, I do not personally know the individuals concerned nor does my wife. They have never been associated with us in any way. We have never employed an au pair.

In my capacity as a Minister I have never acted outside the Ministerial Code of Conduct.

In my capacity as Minister I have intervened on hundreds of cases to either grant or cancel visas. I take this responsibility extremely seriously. I am particularly proud of my record of cancelling the visas of criminal motorcycle gang members, serious criminals and child sex offenders.

Should Australian Associated Press or Ms Martin wish to allege I have used my ministerial office for personal gain then they should do so and face the consequences rather than seeking to peddle inferences which are untrue.

For further information: Minister’s Office - 02 6277 7860