House debates

Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Questions without Notice

Oil for Food Program

2:47 pm

Photo of Kevin RuddKevin Rudd (Griffith, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and International Security) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I refer again to evidence presented to the Cole inquiry yesterday that the minister said to AWB chief executive Andrew Lindberg last year that the AWB ‘can’t be responsible for what happened to the money after it was paid to Alia’. When did the minister first become aware that AWB had made payments to Alia?

Photo of Alexander DownerAlexander Downer (Mayo, Liberal Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

I have nothing to add to what I said to the House in November last year, which from my recollection was in the context of the establishment of the Volcker inquiry.