Michael Pascoe writes:

There’s an unreported suspicion within SBS
that the Ambassador to Washington might not have been the only Australian diplomat trying to keep the
lid on AWB’s Iraq kickbacks.

Not long ago SBS was pursuing an interview with a
certain Jordanian trucking company of interest and seemed to have managed to
have won agreement for an interview.

George Negus was on his way to do the job
when the talent cancelled. The SBS types
can’t prove anything, but their suddenly-shy interview subject had an
appointment with an Australian diplomat just before pulling out.

Now while it might be in Australia’s
interests for Ambassadors to defend the commercial interests of Australia’s
monopoly wheat exporter from American inquisition, is it in Australia’s
interests for our diplomats to prevent Australian journalists talking to dodgy
Jordanian truckers? I suspect not.

Peter Fray

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