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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Although the United States successfully pursued criminal charges against several citizens and others in its borders, [18] the Australian criminal investigation into AWB was eventually dropped.

Against the grain : the AWB scandal and why it happened | EQUELLA

Mr Flugge has denied helping negotiate the sweeteners to the Suddam Hussein regime and has welcomed the chance to clear his name. GrainCorp profit withers under prolonged dry weather. Now, almost a decade after the Cole Inquiry, awg AWB chairman Trevor Flugge and the former group general manager trading, Peter Scandql Geary, are facing trial on charges of dereliction of duty in the kickbacks scandal. In response to this, the Oil-for-Food program was begun.

Following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait inthe United Nations had imposed a financial and trade embargo on Iraq.

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But the then-Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, indicated it would be the Labor Party, not the Howard government, that would be embarrassed after Mr Cole’s report was handed down. PM vows to make a winner for all. Prior toAWB had only been responsible for shipping wheat up to the port of entry in Iraq.

This was in direct contradiction of United Nations Sanctions, and of Australian law. But Mr Cole cleared government ministers and public servants of any knowledge of scxndal payments.

AWB oil-for-wheat scandal

Archived from the original on 23 March The scandal resulted in international condemnation and litigation. Scandwl its success was eventually cast in a very different light when, as a consequence of investigations led by former head of the US Federal Reserve, Paul Volcker, it became clear that the sales had been effected by means of very substantial kick-backs to various Iraqi bodies and individuals.


The controversy sparked a fierce debate over the single desk system and ultimately led to its destruction, with this week marking 10 years since deregulation. Archived from the original on 27 May Retrieved 24 Sep This money could then be used by the regime, with UN oversight, to purchase a scwndal list of humanitarian supplies. Labor sccandal that because government departments and ministers regulate and supervise wheat exports, the government must have known of the payments before they were revealed by the United Nations.

How the AWB oil-for-food scandal changed Australia’s wheat industry: 10 years since deregulation

The later Australian Cole Inquiry was far less charitable. His Canadian counterpart, Sir Robert Borden, also headed for London but he was absent for barely two months. Reference links are dead links and need to be fixed.

Recently, the AWB has been caught up in the privatisation tide. How the AWB oil-for-food scandal changed Australia’s wheat industry: Grain analyst with Mecardo, Andrew Whitelaw said after the market was deregulated it opened up Australia to foreign wheat export companies. The Cole Inquiry recommended that 12 people be investigated for possible criminal and corporations offences over the scandal.

Sorry, it looks like an error occurred Please refresh the page and try again. Why are there silos spread throughout a region that produces no grain?

Mr Davis said after the decision had been made to abolish the single desk, AWB did not stand in the way. The second was Kickback: Scanral you for signing up.

In the mids, it was found to have been, through middlemen, paying kickbacks to the regime of Saddam Husseinin exchange for lucrative wheat contracts.

Looks like a cover up by the Australian Federal Government. 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. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission proceeded with several civil cases against six former directors and officers of AWB; [29] some of which have been discontinued on terms that the parties bear their own costs.


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”. It accused almost half of the companies operating in Iraq during the time of the Oil-for-Food program to have paid either kickbacks or illegal surcharges to secure Iraqi business.

He described it as unthinkable that reports about possible bribes were not passed on to ministers.

How was AWB enmeshed in Iraq’s oil-for-food scandal? | SBS News

The civil trial of Mr Flugge and Mr Geary is expected to last 10 weeks. Your Email Address Subscribe. Police warnings unheeded with two drug overdoses at Victorian music festival. The Qwb seemed to have been very successful in shoring up its scanval in the Iraqi market under the UN oil-for-food programme. At the height of its dealings with the government of Suddam Hussein, AWB controlled more than 80 per cent of Iraq’s wheat market.

The scandal caused significant concern. 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.

Try to Download directly 8. This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat However, transportation services were in fact provided by employees of the Iraqi Government, who also negotiated with the humanitarian supplier the size of the scandsl. Its profitability has suffered.

Cole’s findings agreed with the UN Report in finding this money was paid, often indirectly, to a Jordanian transportation company, Alia, who kept a small percentage of the fees, and paid the remainder onto Saddam’s government.