McCully concedes Al-Khalaf angry with National

Murray McCully has conceded that the Saudi businessman paid $4 million (in addition to the over $7m of taxpayers money spent on his desert farm) was angry with National for renewing the prohibition on live sheep exports, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker.

Mr McCully told Radio New Zealand: ‘Look, I think you’ll find that the National Government did exactly the right thing by telling Mr Al-Khalaf what was going to be possible and what wasn’t, what the rules were going to be, to the extent that he was disappointed with that’.

“The Minister has also changed his position on the supposed legal threat from Mr Al-Khalaf from ‘legal claims estimated to be up to $30 million’ a week ago to ‘he was taking legal advice about his remedies’ today.
“Previously Mr McCully claimed that the $4m was paid to settle substantial claims caused by Labour six years earlier. This was untrue.

“Millionaires with substantial claims for $20 to $30 million issue proceedings. No New Zealand government pays out millions on the basis of grizzling and complaints.

“Murray McCully’s story is unravelling by the day. The ban on the export of live sheep for slaughter, introduced by Labour and extended twice by National, is and always was, legal.
“This was a multi-million dollar facilitation payment, which is known in other jurisdictions as a bribe, to get a block out of the way of the FTA,” says David Parker.

5 June 2015                                                           MEDIA STATEMENT



Author: David Parker MP

I am a List MP for the New Zealand Labour Party, and Spokesperson for Trade & Export Growth and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Shadow Attorney General

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