Christian Kerr writes:
If – when – the terms of reference of the Cole Inquiry are extended,
here’s a question that DFAT might like to answer.
The Nationals and various farming groups have claimed that the AWB’s
behaviour was simply the price of doing business with Saddam’s
regime. But who paid this price – around $300 million?
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Was it paid for by the AWB shareholders? Nup! Saddam’s regime? Nah!
It was paid for by the Iraqi people.
The AWB was inflating prices to fleece what was in effect a charity set
up to distribute the proceeds of Iraqi oil sales to assist a vicious dictator’s
They’re the people who paid $300 million to the corrupt cockies of the AWB.