Saudi Sheep deal: Complaint to Auditor General
Last week the Taxpayers’ Union called on Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, to publicly release the legal advice relating to the Saudi sheep deal. Our own legal advice is that a genuine claim is highly unlikely. Now that the dispute has been settled, there can be no prejudice to the Crown.
Taxpayers have a right to know whether Government decisions on complicated trade disputes involving their money are based on sound legal advice.
On Friday we also wrote to the Auditor General asking for her to investigate the allegations of "cheque book diplomacy" and the circumstances around the Cabinet Paper. The letter is below.