02 Nov 2016
The auditor-general has cleared Foreign Minister Murray McCully of corruption over the $11.5 million Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership but found “significant shortcomings” in the paper put to Cabinet to support the deal.
“I share many New Zealanders’ concerns about the arrangements,” auditor-general Lyn Provost said in her report, released this afternoon. “The contract’s benefits to New Zealand were unclear in the cabinet paper, the business case and its subsequent implementation.”
The partnership was established as a consequence of New Zealand’s decision to ban the export of live sheep in 2003, a ban that has since been extended.
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