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THE Federal Government had no idea wheat exporter AWB paid nearly $300 million in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime, Acting Prime Minister Mark Vaile said today.
An inquiry into payments made by AWB to the Iraqi dictator's government under the United Nations oil-for-food program will include a probe into what Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) officials knew about the paymentsarticle
The Howard government may have known wheat exporter AWB was paying an Iraqi government front company before a UN probe blew the whistle on the scam, new evidence suggests...more