Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has used his Parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on former Australian Border Force Commissioner, Roman Quaedvlieg.
Yesterday, Mr Dutton accused the ex-ABF boss of having “groomed” a younger woman who became his girlfriend.
“Mr Quaedvlieg was, as commissioner, sacked from his position,” he told parliament.
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“He was a man who groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself.
“He is discredited and disgraced.”
The former Commissioner hit back immediately, saying Mr Dutton should withdraw his “disgusting” comment.
“Grooming? Are you serious? That has legislative meaning. Is that what he meant? Parliamentary privilege, huh?” Mr Quaedvlieg tweeted.
My day started with a walk at Apple Tree Bay
I then read The Age & thought uh oh
I then watched QT & heard a Minister accuse me of being a sexual predator
I then heard the PM on the ABC endorsing that sledging
I’ve written to the Speaker – this is not what privilege is for.
— Roman Quaedvlieg (@quaedvliegs) September 11, 2018
The war of words between the two colleagues was originally sparked from Mr Dutton’s decision to grant visas for two au pairs held in immigration detention.
Mr Quaedvlieg has made two submissions to the Senate inquiry that is investigating Mr Dutton’s actions involving the visas for the au pairs.
However, he’s been criticised for including inaccurate dates in his submission.
Question Time for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton pic.twitter.com/J3TIxtFXpu
— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) September 11, 2018