Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker has today written to the Auditor-General and Treasury Secretary, asking them to investigate whether Murray McCully and MFAT misled them over the Saudi sheep scandal.
“It’s clear from last week’s document dump that the Auditor General and Treasury had serious concerns about the Saudi sheep farm deal. It now appears they were also misled by Mr McCully who refused to have the $4 million facilitation payment called compensation so that ‘lawyers and bureaucrats’ wouldn’t be involved.
“Mr McCully deliberately misrepresented the nature of his payments to the Al-Khalaf Group so that they would not be questioned by Cabinet, the Auditor General or Treasury. His actions were deceptive. When properly described these papers were outside the departments’ appropriation.
“Had his Cabinet colleagues, the Treasury, or the Auditor General known the true nature of these payments, they would have been stopped.
“As John Key is refusing to investigate his minister’s actions I have written to the Auditor General and Treasury Secretary asking them to investigate,” says David Parker.
Attachments: Letters to Auditor General and Treasury Secretary; Report of the Meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Hmood A Al Khalaf Group of Companies, March 2012 (see para 12)
11 August 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT