#Sheepgate – some random impertinent questions
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2:04 pm, June 25th, 2015 - 22 comments
Categories: david parker, john key, national -
Tags: murray mccully, sheepgate
With every day new revelations concerning the scandal known as sheepgate are occurring. And so many questions arise. Here are a few:
- This super duper agri hub in the middle of the desert? Can anyone visit? What sort of foot traffic does the place have? Is it advertised anywhere?
- Was a business case ever prepared to make sure that the spend on the agri hub was a good use of money?
- What happens if the Saudi sheep farmer sells the farm or decides not to let people inspect the farm or decides that he wants to go into the lamb burger business?
- Did anyone think that putting a whole lot of New Zealand sheep in the middle of the Saudi desert may not be a good idea?
- Were the sheep killed by a sand storm or heavy rain, even though the average precipitation in the Saudi desert in June is 0 cm?
- Is a “facilitation payment” the same thing as a “bribe”?
- When the Government agreed to buy sheep off Brownrigg as a term of the contract did it confirm that it would not be sued?
- Did it place a public tender for the sheep? If not how did it handle the negotiation?
- What relationship is there between ex National President Michelle Boag and Larium Asset Management and Brownrigg Agriculture? And why was Boag at the meeting between McCully and Brownrigg referred to in the Brownrigg letter recently tabled in Parliament?
- At that meeting did McCully really suggest that the Saudi sheep farmer should sue the Government or did he just suggest that Brownrigg was at liberty to do so? And why did he do this even though the threat of litigation had been withdrawn over a year earlier?
- Why is it all Labour’s fault? If it is all Labour’s fault then why was Labour able to commence free trade negotiations with the Saudis which have been subsequently concluded?
- If it is all Labour’s fault then why did the Government try and blame an official? And who was this official?
- Is this omnishambles worse or not as bad as Nick Smith’s handling of Auckland housing issues?
And a question today in Parliament from David Parker to Murray McCully.
Does he stand by all his answers to written and oral questions regarding the multi-million dollar payment to the Al-Khalaf Group and the model farm in the desert?
Update: Question time is becoming a farce. Murray McCully did not front even though he was at a select committee hearing in Parliament this morning and Paula Bennett appeared to answer questions. Watch this and weep for your democracy.