Exclusive: French Au Pair 'Scared' By Dutton Visa Scandal
Alexandra Deuwel's family said she didn't know anything about the visa drama.
The brother of the French au pair at the centre of a widening scandal for home affairs minister Peter Dutton has come to her defence, claiming she knew nothing of the unusual circumstances that saw her issued a visa following lobbying from AFL boss Gillon McLachlan.
Alexandra Deuwel, now a yoga teacher, was tracked down by Ten Eyewitness News along the French riviera. She declined to speak, claiming to not speak English, but her brother said she was not at fault.
Deuwel's brother claimed the family first heard about the controversy was when her name began being mentioned in news reports, and that his sister had been left scared by her sudden infamy.
Deuwel was last week revealed as the third au pair Dutton, then immigration minister, personally intervened to save from deportation in 2015. Two other cases of au pairs were reported earlier this year, with Dutton facing furious questioning over why he stepped in to keep them in Australia.
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It was reported Dutton had been lobbied by AFL CEO McLachlan, as Deuwel had previously been employed by one of his relatives. Another of the au pairs was to work for a former police colleague of Dutton's. On Friday, the Greens and Labor accused Dutton of misleading parliament after he said in March that he did not know the employers of any of the au pairs.
The minister has consistently denied any wrongdoing in any of the cases, claiming he has properly exercised the ministerial discretion available to him. Nonetheless, the Senate will convene an inquiry into the scandal in coming days, to report back by September 11.