17 Apr. 2008

Boats Against The Current

Australians are already being swamped with a media storm of opinions and ideas relating to this weekend's 2020 summit. But how do we move on as a nation when we still have not dealt with our recent past? Will anyone in Canberra be discussing John Howard's War Crimes, for example?

So we battle on... borne back ceaselessly into the past:
SIX former top executives of wheat exporter AWB will face court in July over their alleged roles in the $126 million Iraqi kickback scandal.

The Victorian Supreme Court today set down three days from July 28 for the case to be heard.

In November last year, Commissioner Terence Cole recommended 11 former AWB executives face possible criminal charges.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has launched civil proceedings against six of the executives who face a fine of up to $200,000 for each breach and a possible ban from running any corporation.

AWB former chairman Trevor Flugge, and former managing director Andrew Lindberg - against whom Mr Cole made no adverse finding - are among the executives charged with breaching the Corporations Act.