Australian Wheat Board, between 2001 and 2005, had circumvented UN agreed sanctions on Iraq and paid millions to the Saddam Hussein regime to secure wheat contracts in a food-for-oil scam
In 2012, the Cole inquiry's findings led to a court case that found the Australian Wheat Board, between 2001 and 2005, had circumvented UN agreed sanctions on Iraq and paid millions to the Saddam Hussein regime to secure wheat contracts in a food-for-oil scam.
ASIC agreed with Victorian Supreme Court Justice Ross Robson who imposed on AWB Chief, Andrew Lindberg, a penalty of a $100,000 fine and disqualification from directorships for two years. Other executives of the AWB also suffered varying penalties.
Lindberg admitted to serious breaches of his duty as a director.
Trevor Flugge, AWB Chairman and PM John Howard’s Senior Agricultural Adviser, is pictured here in Iraq while organising “kickback” deals that were just plain dumb.
How the scam worked was simple, transparent and unsophisticated, it had no hope of not being detected and it went like this:
Once a tendered price for wheat contracts was agreed to, the AWB transferred millions for trucking costs within Iraq. Naturally these millions did not go to truck drivers but instead finished up, via a Jordanian trucking company, in Saddam Hussein’s pocket.
But, as with all tender processes, there is one winner and many losers and those angry losers, fully aware of what had happened, tipped a bucket on the AWB.
The Cole inquiry eventually found that, “At the insistence of the Iraqi government, the AWB had agreed to pay artificial 'transportation fees' of around $290 million”. Cole's findings were in line with a UN report on the illegal Iraqi “kickbacks”.
The rort was remarkably similar to the Reserve Bank’s note printing subsidiaries, “Securency” and “Note Printing Australia”, and that also involved Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.
Everyone, including Tony Abbott, knows if you wish to deal with Muslims you’d better have a good supply of brown paper bags... It was suggested here two years ago that Abbott would certainly be able stop the boats, but it would take cash to do it... and that’s exactly what it did take.
The Indonesians had refused to budge until the cash arrived, once it did arrive on Abbott’s first rushed visit after his election, we turned the boats around and they immediately stopped leaving.
Or do you think it was Scott Morrison’s superior negotiating skills?
Gillard had continued to spend billions on boat arrivals, saying they couldn’t be stopped and Abbott solved the whole thing with a lazy two million.
It was a shame that the Aussies in the AWB were so damned naive. Outright stupid actually. Blind Freddy and his dog know that trucking non-perishable goods from Jordan to Iraq does not cost $290 million.
The AWB blokes should have known the world had moved on to a far more sophisticated form of international “kickbacks” called “halal certification”.
All the AWB needed to do was ask Saddam to simply impose a halal certification fee on Aussie wheat and no-one would have questioned any of the transactions.
A Halal certification fee implies a religious component that will never be questioned... and it is imposed on just about every commodity exported to Islamic countries and every product, including milk, smoked salmon and plastic containers, sold here in Oz.
The only difference is that these Islamic countries now impose the fees themselves under threat of the exporter losing his contract. It has developed into a multi trillion dollar international extortion racket that has been proved to finance terrorism.
Many countries, including most recently Canada, have already closed these Islamic extortion rackets down, banned an array of tax-exempt “charity” front companies from operating and prosecuted those responsible, but Australia is lagging badly behind.
In fact media and Government Ministers deny the destructive scam even exists.
As with all surcharges, the consumer pays one way or another and when they complain of the same Islamic scam imposed on most domestic products, they are called bullies and rednecks intent on hurting Australia’s trade.
Well, that’s a normal reaction from Muslims and from those who have no concept of what is going on and from those who refuse to look any further than profitable trade contracts.
Authorities jumped all over the Iraqi trucking scam but when it comes to the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on Aussie shoppers (halal certification) they prefer to stay asleep, despite being handed documented proof that Islamic leaders in Australia are using an array of tax-exempt “charities” to launder millions in certification funds to terrorist organisations.
Barnaby Joyce now refuses to take my calls.
Just where does Barnaby think these jihadists get their bucket loads of money from? Bloody chook raffles and meat trays?