Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, March 21, 2003

Australian wheat is headed to Iraq, too.

Australia on Friday committed 100,000 tonnes of wheat as food aid to post-war Iraq, a move industry officials said could mark the start of the resumption of large-scale Australian wheat exports to Iraq through aid.

The 100,000 tonnes of wheat will be provided to Iraq through the Australian government's AusAid programme, but industry officials said further large-scale tonnages were expected to be placed in Iraq through U.S.-financed aid.

"We believe that we're well-positioned to provide a large proportion of any humanitarian requirement," said Ryan McKinlay, spokesman for monopoly wheat exporter AWB Ltd (AWB).

Australia's initial donation is from wheat on two ships that were travelling to Iraq but were diverted to Oman at the entrance of the Gulf just before war broke out on Thursday.

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