In this Gilbert + Tobin Insight we look at the AWB “oil for wheat” scandal, a long and costly saga for ASIC, and the subsequent implications for. AFTER a corporate disaster theres always a gap between public expectations of punishment, and the realities of who gets whacked with what. Shortly after he became Prime Minister of Australia in William Morris Hughes headed for London via North America. He was absent from Australia for more.

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But Wab foreign affairs spokesman at the time, Kevin Rudd, claimed one piece of evidence to the inquiry proved Mr Downer misled a US inquiry into the scandal in July Please select the editions you would like to abw up to Morning Afternoon Please select at least one edition. From Scajdal, the free encyclopedia. Bangladesh PM denies election was rigged. The Enquiry concluded that it could not for certain say that AWB was aware of the arrangement it had entered into with the Iraqi Government, however, much circumstantial evidence suggestion of Alia by the Iraqi Government, sharp rise in its prices, knowledge that prices were determined by the Iraqi Government, lack of logistics detail offered by Alia, curious wording in faxes received by AWB meant it had cause to be suspicious.

Title Against the grain: By 1 May, the government of Saddam Hussein was defeated, although resistance and insurgency against the military occupation still continued. The Australian Government attempted to distance scandall from the AWB, who from had been restructured into a private company.

Australian Department of the Attorney-General.

The Cole Inquiry recommended that 12 people be investigated for possible criminal and corporations offences over the scandal. It also produced correspondence between itself and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in which the Department advised it could scanval “no reason from an international legal perspective” that AWB could not enter into a commercial agreement with a Jordanian-based company.


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The program was discontinued on the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. Its profitability has suffered.

For much of the 20th swb early 21st century, it was an Australian Government entity operating a single desk regime over Australian wheat, meaning it alone could export Australian wheat, which it paid a single price for.

This decision came after Paul Hastings QC declared the prospect of convictions was limited and “not in the public interest”. His Canadian counterpart, Sir Robert Adb, also headed for London but he was absent for barely two months. Wheat has been central to these activities and in the years when international marketing came directly under the Commonwealth Government, xcandal of the Australian Wheat Board was a prized and well-remunerated appointment.

ASIC decided to discontinue the proceedings after forming the view that it was no longer in the public interest to pursue its claims. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred.

Labor suggested that because government departments and ministers regulate and supervise wheat exports, the government must have known of the payments before scajdal were revealed by the United Nations. The Sydney Morning Herald.

AWB oil-for-wheat scandal

The first was by Stephen Bartos, entitled Against the grain: The later Australian Cole Inquiry was far less charitable. Australia welcomes in spectacular style. The Australian Government also launched a Royal Commissionwhich recommended that criminal proceedings commence against 12 people. This scandap could then be used by the regime, with UN oversight, to purchase a strict list of humanitarian supplies.

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The initial UN investigation was only partly interested in AWB, and aqb unable to decisively conclude whether it knew that it was breaching sanctions. However, its profitability continues to suffer. InIraqi daily Al Mada published a list of persons and entities who were given oil vouchers for helping Saddam Hussein. The Cole Inquiry found in “secret evidence” that the ownership of Alia scanda, known since in the departments of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Prime Minister and Cabinet, as indicated by an intelligence report from a “foreign agency”.


The University of Canberra Research Repository reserves the right to remove content at any time. Archived from the original on 16 February By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views Read Edit View history. Police warnings unheeded with two scandwl overdoses at Victorian music festival.

sczndal The AWB had sold wheat to Iraq sinceand was the single largest supplier of humanitarian goods to the nation during the Oil-for-Food Program. Alia’s General Manager, Othman al-Absi, said that AWB had been very interested in the capacity of Alia to transport wheat, and had asked the Jordanian Government whether Alia was a genuine trucking company.

Retrieved 25 May Under Australian legislation, all shipments to Iraq were banned unless the Foreign Minister at the time, the Alexander Downer was “satisfied that permitting the exportation will not infringe the international obligations of Australia”. Archived from the original on 27 May Although AWB and by extension the Australian Government were not the only entities to be implicated in the Oil-for-Food scandal, the event earned a place in Australian political consciousness.