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The Clinton Foundation's agreement with Obama discloses worrying details for Kevin Rudd and the Australian Government

On Friday 5 August I wrote to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade seeking response to a series of questions as set out in this post.


In summary, DFAT had disclosed only $2M in payments from the Australian Government to the Clinton Foundation for climate change.

I detailed a series of references to 2 major payments the government had not disclosed:


My original deadline for an answer from DFAT was COB Tuesday.  On Monday DFAT wrote acknowledging my requests and asked for an extension of time to COB Thursday.
I agreed and also referred DFAT to a reference in some internal Australian Government documents to $100M paid by the Australian Government for drugs under a partnership agreement with the Clinton Foundation.
It is now 10.45AM Friday and I have not heard from DFAT.
I await DFAT's response - but I can understand why the issues will be troubling for the Australian Government.
I refer to previous DFAT advice to me on 8 March 2016 which stated in part:

For your background, the “range of measures concerning transparency and accountability” of the Foundation mentioned in DFAT’s briefing document refers to an agreement between the Clinton Foundation and the US Government concerning Hillary Clinton’s nomination as Secretary of State. It bears no relation to the Australian Government’s funding agreements with Clinton Health Access Initiative.


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I now have a copy of that fascinating agreement.

Recall Rudd's March 2008 visit to New York while Hillary was running for President against Obama and his "Let us know if we can help with anything" to Hillary Clinton.  That "anything" turned out to be a $10m donation to the Clinton Foundation.

An amount was donated to the Clinton Foundation in 2008.   Later an agreement with the Australian Government and the Clinton Foundation was novated by the Australian Government to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and Clinton Foundation.  It is difficult to see how the Clinton Foundation delivered anything of value under the $10M "agreement", if anything at all.

This is an extract from a new document I've obtained, the Memorandum of Understanding between President-elect Obama and the Clinton Foundation:

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The Australian Government donated taxpayer money to the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Climate Initiative.

Here is the MOU in full.

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The way in which the $10M donation from Rudd was novated to the Global Carbon Capture Institute has always worried me.

GCCI management hardly referred to the relationship with the Clinton Foundation at all in their early reports to government.  It was only after prompts for revisions that they commenced to talk about the "relationship" at all.   

This scandal is developing and there will be a lot more to come.  

I think there is quite some significance to the creation (after the MOU above was signed) of the new CHAI entity.  More soon.

For convenience, here is the 5 August note to DFAT in full.