Peter Dutton does not need to apologise over 'grooming' accusation: Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not believe Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should apologise after accusing Roman Quaedvlieg of "grooming" a younger woman.

Mr Dutton on Tuesday used parliamentary privilege to accuse the former Australian Border Force commissioner of having "groomed" a younger woman who became his girlfriend.

Mr Quaedvlieg has demanded the Home Affairs Minister withdraw the "disgusting and offensive" comment, which he said was an accusation of a criminal sexual offence.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison defends Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during a media conference in Canberra.

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However, the Prime Minister does not believe the former ABF boss was made out to be a paedophile.

"He has not done that. No, he has not done that. He has not done that at all," Mr Morrison said on Wednesday.

The Home Affairs minister verbally attacked the 53-year-old ex-ABF boss in Parliament on Tuesday after Labor quizzed Mr Dutton over claims he pushed for two Queensland police officers to secure jobs at the agency. Labor has also spent the last week pursuing the minister over his decision to intervene and allow two detained foreign au pairs into the country.

"(Mr Quaedvlieg) was, as commissioner, sacked from his position. He was a man who had groomed a girl 30 years younger than himself," Mr Dutton told Parliament.

"He is discredited and disgraced."

Mr Quaedvlieg, who was fired from his role after helping his girlfriend get a job, responded on Twitter.

"Grooming? Are you serious? That has a legislative meaning. Is that what he meant? Parliamentary privilege, huh?" Mr Quaedvlieg tweeted.

In a statement he labelled it "extraordinary behaviour" from a cabinet minister.

Mr Quaedvlieg has now complained to Speaker Tony Smith about the use of the word "groomed".

Mr Morrison on Wednesday said Mr Dutton had been subjected to "spurious and false" allegations.

"What he has expressed, I think, is a great frustration at the false and repeatedly false claims that have been put forward, and I'm surprised that they continue to be reported," Mr Morrison said.

"They've been proven to be completely spurious and inaccurate, and if people want to do that, that's up to them, but he also has the right to a right of reply, which he has provided."

The stoush between the two former Queensland police officers originally erupted over Mr Dutton's decision to grant visas to two au pairs held in immigration detention.

Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that Mr Dutton asked Mr Quaedvlieg to help two former police officer colleagues secure jobs at the ABF, including one who is now an adviser in his ministerial office.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus says the issue confirms the need for a national integrity commission.

"If Peter Dutton is able to get away with an act like this, what other dodgy behaviour are they hiding?" Mr Dreyfus said.

A Senate committee is investigating Mr Dutton's decision to personally intervene to stop the deportation of an Italian nanny in 2015, after his office was contacted by a former Queensland police colleague.

He also intervened in a similar case after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan's staff contacted his office about a French au pair.

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