New South Wales

Nov 12, 2012

Obeid, Macdonald in the dock: ICAC to rule on ALP machine men

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has commenced its probe into former Labor MPs Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. The state has waited a long time for this.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Let the tumbrils roll! Today, after suffering the worst state government in Australian history since the Rum Corp, the hapless voters of NSW are finally starting to see some action. Eighteen months after the NSW Labor government was hurled out of office, the cause of many of its problems — the members of its illustrious NSW Right group — are being called to account.

This morning the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption commenced the most complex and most important investigation in its 25-year history. In the words of counsel assisting, Geoffrey Watson SC, it’s importance “is not because of the sums of money involved — although the sums of money are enormous”. The importance “stems from the identity and rank of the public officials involved, and the subject matter of the decisions which they made”.

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7 thoughts on “Obeid, Macdonald in the dock: ICAC to rule on ALP machine men

  1. klewso

    These abusers (of power and due process) can wind up in gaol, can’t they?

  2. David Hand

    If found guilty, Obeid, Macdonald deserve lengthy jail sentences and the people of NSW, along with the hapless sellers of the land, deserve their money back.

  3. klewso

    Obeid–MacDonald had a farm
    Ee-aw ewe owe me.
    And on that farm they had some sheep.
    Ee-aw ewe owe me
    With a do-a-favour here
    and a back-hander there
    Here a favour, there a favour
    Everywhere a pay-back
    Obeid-MacDonald had a farm,
    Now it’s all ov-errr”?

  4. ianjohnno1

    Just how do such ultra-right people get into the Labor Party?

  5. HughG

    I will be so happy if not only Eddie Obeid goes to gaol, but also his family. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been a part of the huge cutbacks NSW is suffering caused by gross mismanagement at the hands of Obeid Tripodi Keneally Carr Rozendaal and all those other crooks. I’d be more than happy to see them all serve a bit of time. And for good measure Michael Wooldridge too. He’s also a huge good-for-nothing corrupt ex-politician.

  6. Mark Duffett

    Had my suspicions before, but now having read The Global Mail story it seems more certain: I can’t see how these profits were at the expense of the people of NSW. If not made by the Obeids (and of course that process stinks to high heaven), they would have been made by someone else. Would appreciate if anyone can spell out how the return to the public purse could have been any different.

  7. Edward James

    Several ICAC Commissioners have presided over ICAC responses to formal complaints, identifying corruption. With letters explaining “your information is noted but ICAC is unable to pursue the matter at this time.” The corruption circus currently playing out at ICAC in Sydney. Is the result of political allsorts and their supporters insistence on turning a blind eye. Political sins against the peoples are not a secret they are all too often in plain sight. They will often be found to have been accommodated by so many people in positions of trust. Edward James

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