Roman Quaedvlieg demands Dutton withdraw “disgusting” grooming comment

Roman Quaedvlieg demands Dutton withdraw “disgusting” grooming comment

Former Australian Border Force Commission Roman Quaedvlieg has demanded that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton withdraw his “disgusting and offensive” accusation that Mr Quaedvlieg “groomed” a younger woman who became his girlfriend.

Mr Dutton made the accusation in Parliament on Tuesday, taking advantage of parliamentary privilege to protect him from legal retaliation.

The 53-year-old Mr Quaedvlieg was dismissed earlier this year when it emerged he had helped his girlfriend, believed to be in her 20s, to get a job. They are understood to still be together.

“[Mr Quaedvlieg] was, as Commissioner, sacked from his position,” Mr Dutton said during Question Time. “He was a man who had groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself.

“He is discredited and disgraced.”

Mr Quaedvlieg has provided information and evidence to a Senate committee inquiry into Mr Dutton’s possible abuse of ministerial authority.

He alleges that Mr Dutton asked him to help two police officers get jobs at the Border Force agency.

Mr Dutton has warned Parliamentarians not to rely on information provided by “a disenchanted individual who is bitter about his termination”.

The Senate committee is due to deliver its report on 19 September, and Labor and the Greens are discussing a no confidence motion in Mr Dutton with Liberal-National Coalition MPs.

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