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Greens pursue Goverment role in AWB scandal.

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Senator Rachel Siewert Australian Greens Senator for WA

Greens pursue Goverment role in AWB scandal Senator Siewert 14th November 2005

"It is unbelievable that the Prime Minister has limited investigation of government involvement in the AWB scandal," said Senator Siewert today. "Every single one of the 43 contracts passed through government hands on several occasions."

"It is essential that an inquiry be able to investigate how the system failed," she said, Federal regulators are clearly caught up in this scandal."

"I will continue to pursue a Senate inquiry into this matter to establish just who knew what about the arrangements AWB was entering into with Jordanian front companies, despite clear warnings from the UN," said Senator Siewert. "Why weren't warning bells ringing a long time ago?"

"Howard's credibility is on the line," she said, "he needs to explain how his government endorsed $300 million being paid to fund the Iraqi regime."

Senator Siewert has a notice a motion calling for an inquiry into the involvement of the DFAT and the WEA in the Oil-for-Food scandal to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee currently before the Senate, and will be pursing it when the Senate resumes.

"A full an open inquiry is needed to restore public confidence and our international reputation," said Senator Siewert.

For more information call Chris Twomey 0407 725 025