Wheat Marketing in Transition

The Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board
2014. Buch. xii, 148 S.: Bibliographien. Softcover
Springer ISBN 9789400793408
Format (B x L): 15,5 x 23,5 cm
Gewicht: 254 g
In englischer Sprache
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This detailed account tells the background story of a privatised monopoly whose sharp practices embroiled a national government in scandal and shocked a nation that prides itself on the strength of its institutions. AWB Limited, the former Australian Wheat Board that in the 1990s was sold into the private sector, paid more than $US200m in kickbacks to the pariah regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, exploiting the provisions of the United Nations’ Oil for Food program by inflating the price of the wheat it sent there to disguise the pay-offs that secured the contracts. The ensuing uproar threatened the careers of key cabinet ministers in the Howard government and contributed to the rise and subsequent election victory of the Australian Labor Party’s Kevin Rudd.



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A comprehensive account, in unprecedented detail, of the privatisation of the Australian Wheat Board and its consequences Explains the development and demise of an institution with dangerous structural fault lines Tells the story of wheat marketing in Australia over six decades, providing important lessons for other nations such as Canada Contextual historical analysis of AWB Limited’s involvement in the Oil for Food scandal