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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The later Australian Cole Inquiry was far less charitable. At the end of the day, the board ultimately accepts responsibility for what happened, and is committed to making significant changes to ensure it never happens again.

AWB Limited has undergone a major restructuring, losing its monopoly supply of Australia wheat exports, and appointing an entirely new management.

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

This was intended to prevent farmers under-cutting each other on price, and thus assure the highest price for Australian wheat. As early as Februarythe Government expressed displeasure with its monopoly, saying it could be used as a bargaining chip in international trade negotiations.

The Cole Inquiry recommended that 12 people be investigated for possible criminal and corporations offences over the scandal. Guns, climate change and dual citizenship: The University of Canberra Research Repository reserves the right to remove content at any time.

He was absent from Australia for more than a year.

AWB oil-for-wheat scandal

News to your inbox Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. His Canadian counterpart, Sir Robert Borden, also headed for London but he was absent for barely two months. The Australian Scandl attempted to distance itself from the AWB, who from had been restructured into a private xcandal. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Its profitability has suffered.


He also found that AWB deceived the UN and the Australian government to protect its lucrative wheat contracts under the oil-for-food program. And in that total environment, and particularly with oil-for-food under a humanitarian banner, it is inconceivable that a micro-managing Prime Minister and his other ministers would not be carefully attuned to eveything that was happening there.

This breached the sanctions placed on the Iraqi regime. Retrieved 24 May From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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

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. Load more chevron right. 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 sxandal obligations of Australia”.

Alia was established in as a Jordanian-registered transportation company, intended to refurbish Iraqi vessels stranded off the coast of Jordan for commercial use. Police warnings unheeded with two drug overdoses at Aab music festival. The money was all coming out of the UN’s escrow account”. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred.

Ron Storey was a senior executive with AWB for nearly 20 years, before leaving in to start his own company. Retrieved from ” https: The second was Kickback: Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. The Australian Wheat Board was a statutory authority established in Rural News delivered to your inbox.


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. Two books have so far been published on the scandal.

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The Sydney Morning Herald. Ultimately, criminal charges were dropped by the Australian Federal Police.

Years after Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter got caught up in the scandal over the UN’s oil-for-food program in Iraq, two former senior AWB officials are facing a week civil trial over the accusations. Grain analyst with Mecardo, Andrew Whitelaw said after the market was deregulated it opened up Australia to foreign wheat export companies. The board accepts accountability for the actions of management, and the culture at AWB during the Oil-for-Food program.

Audio Player failed to load. Colin Nicholl says the single desk gave Australia an advantage in international wheat markets. The Cole Inquiry found AWB’s bribes were directed to Baghdad through a Jordanian front company, Alia, disguised as trucking fees, and were paid out of inflated prices claimed for the wheat from UN-held accounts.