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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 10:52 AM
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54. Iraq Coalition Government corruption within Australian Gov

"Indeed he used cash, because there was no other way of financing the rehabilitation of agriculture in Iraq because there was no banking system.

"We believed in helping restore Iraqi agriculture and we're not so thick we didn't know you had to pay for it.

"If there's no banking system, how were we meant to pay for it?"

Mr Flugge, who lost his bid for re-election as AWB chairman in 2002, was paid almost $A1 million by the government for his job in Iraq's post-war Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).

This week, Mr Flugge told the Cole inquiry into AWB's illicit payments to Saddam's government that he did not know the wheat marketer paid kickbacks to the corrupt regime.

Earlier evidence to the inquiry suggested Mr Flugge may have used his position in the CPA to help secure a top government job for the former head of the Iraq Grain Board - an Iraqi official who was complicit in the kickbacks.
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