What now for wheat sales?

The scandal over AWB’s major breaches of UN sanctions on Iraq has understandably led to major questions about the future of the single desk system used for all wheat exported from Australia. Like all political parties, the Democrats have supported the single desk arrangement, but I don’t believe it can be justified any longer. It…

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Wheat Wars

The slow but steady revelations from the Cole Royal Commission are gradually revealing the bleeding obvious… and even though the scandal doesn’t relate to the wheat export monopoly arrangements, it has also led to a big outbreak of hostilities in the agri-politics sector

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Aid budget for wheat exports

The news that a former AWB Chairman was paid nearly $680 000 a year from our overseas aid budget for the purposes of protecting our wheat export market to Iraq is perhaps the most galling piece of information to surface yet from the Oil for Food/Wheat for Weapons/Wheatgate/Wheat Overboard scandal While the amount of money…

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Senate Estimates Gagged

I am at Senate Estimates Committee hearings this week. I’ve been mainly focussing on immigration matters, but the big development has been yet another display of unprecedented arrogance from the government in providing direction to all public servants putting a blanket ban on responding in any way to any questions about AWB and the Saddam…

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Wheat Cheats

The scandal continues to widen as more revelations occur at the Cole Royal Commission into bribes paid to Saddam Hussein’s regime by Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter, AWB. Even Republican Senators in the USA are getting snippety. Simone Weil once wrote that “Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict” but…

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