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Main points of auditor-general's report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/11/2016

MAIN POINTS OF THE AUDITOR-GENERAL'S REPORT ON THE GOVERNMENT'S $11.5 MILLION SAUDI ARABIAN SHEEP DEAL

* There was no evidence of corruption

* The payment did not amount to bribery

* The payments were made as part of a legally valid contract for services

* Money was spent within necessary financial approvals

BUT

* There were "significant shortcomings" in the cabinet paper that proposed the deal

* The benefits to New Zealand were unclear

* There was a lack of transparency

* Ministers and officials gave mixed messages to Saudi Arabia

* There were shortcomings in the contract for services.

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