Roman Quaedvlieg at Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP
Roman Quaedvlieg at Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP

Quaedvlieg to dish dirt in tell-all book

Ex-Australian Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg is preparing to dish the dirt in an "explosive" tell-all book after being sacked earlier this year and clashing with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton over the so-called au pairs scandal.

Quaedvlieg, who was fired in March after a nine-month investigation into allegations he helped his girlfriend get a job at Sydney Airport, will also go on a publicity tour of Australia to launch his memoir next year that promises to expose details about his sacking and Australia's "deeply conflicted national security system," according to publisher Melbourne University Publishing.

Then-Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg at Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP
Then-Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg at Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP

Tour de Force will be released on March 5, just two months before Australians go to the polls for the next federal election.

It's expected the novel will contain an insider view of the Coalition Government's 'stop the boats' border policy and the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, potentially sensitive for the Morrison Government as it prepares to fight an election campaign.

Quaedvlieg, who has been prolific on Twitter in recent months and gave evidence about the so-called au pairs scandal that engulfed Mr Dutton earlier this year, has heralded the book as a "few parting words for posterity" after he was sacked.

 

Peter Dutton and Roman Quaedvlieg had a war of words, he says the book will be ‘parting words’. Picture: AAP
Peter Dutton and Roman Quaedvlieg had a war of words, he says the book will be ‘parting words’. Picture: AAP

 

"The ignominious end of my 32-year enforcement career was such that I wasn't even allowed to pack up my own office, let alone be the guest of honour in the time-honoured tradition of a stellar valedictory, so I have written a few parting words for posterity," he writes in the book.

The ex-ABF Commissioner and Home Affairs Minister clashed in a public war of words in September when Mr Dutton, under fire over his intervention to stop two au pairs being deported, accused Mr Quaedvlieg of having "groomed" his then 22-year-old girlfriend.

In a press release announcing the book today, Melbourne University Publishing chief executive Louise Adler described the book as a "story of true crime and raw politics".

 

Roman Quaedvlieg will release a tell-all book. Picture: Jack Tran
Roman Quaedvlieg will release a tell-all book. Picture: Jack Tran

 

"Roman Quaedvlieg appeared to be the tough cop on the beat of border control. He had been appointed by Liberal politicians proud to have contravened international conventions on the rights of asylum seekers, 'stopping the boats' and incarcerating children for years," she said.

"Then Roman Quaedvlieg became news in an extraordinarily drawn out and public sacking. Tour de Force explains what went wrong in a remarkable career from policing our roughest streets to striding through the corridors of power."



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