Exposing Aussie wheat bribery plot


When it comes to international bribery and illegal kickbacks, Australia’s inquiry of its state-sanctioned wheat exporter’s, AWB, sleazy dealings with Saddam Hussein-led Iraq is giving an all new meaning to the nation’s clever Down Under nickname. Like down-and-dirty and under the table.
Bribes and kickbacks. In its first three days of testimony in mid-January, lawyers for the government review, called the Cole Inquiry, have established that AWB paid $214 million in bribes and kickbacks to corrupt officials in the Hussein government to keep Aussie wheat exports flowing into Iraq under the United Nation’s Oil for Food Program between 1999 and 2003.


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Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children. farmandfoodfile.com