Inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership
Auditor-General's report published: Inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership
The Auditor-General’s report Inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership was presented to the House of Representatives today.
In June 2015, we received letters and asking for an inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership. Concerns were raised about money that the Government had paid to a foreign businessman, and questions were asked about whether the payments amounted to corruption or bribery. In August 2015, we announced our decision to inquire into the spending of public money on the Partnership and set our terms of reference for the inquiry.
In our report, we outline the complex history and background to the arrangements entered into as part of the Partnership. We also consider whether:
• the arrangements were made within the law;
• the business case for spending public money was robust;
• good process was followed; and
• value for money was obtained.
Read the full report on our website.