AWB inquiry: shocking evidence

August 30th, 2019

Category: 苏州半永久

A new document has been tabled proving that AWB executives were aware of the payments five years ago.


The market reports dating back to 2001, emerged overnight and may have been passed on to the Wheat Export Authority in 2003, as “Commercial in Confidence” documents.

The Cole inquiry is now attempting to find what information the was passed to the government regulator, the wheat export authority, three years ago.

Counsel Assisting the inquiry John Agius described the details of the documents, saying “…inland transport fees are paid to Alia, who then paid the Ministry of Transport in iraq. The fees are approved by the UN.”

Mr Agius was frustrated that AWB had taken so long in producing the most significant evidence to be submitted to inquiry so far, adding that the inquiry had now lost the opportunity to examine the eight witnesses that have already been called.

“These delayed productions impact not only on this inquiry…more broadly on the Australian community and AWB.” He said.

More important material expected

AWB’s legal defence team said it too was deeply concerned about the delay in evidence submissions and admitted it isn’t confident that everything relevant to the inquiry has been produced.

“Even as we arrived this morning we became aware of additional material that is likely to arrive today that is pertinent to this inquiry.” A spokesman for AWB’s legal team said.

AWB’s Marketing Manager Chris Whitwell became the ninth person to give evidence at the Cole Inquiry, and said Alia’s connection to the Iraqi regime was well known within the company.

AWB shares are now in a trading halt having tumbled 30 per cent since the Cole Inquiry started.

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