New South Wales

Nov 14, 2012

‘I think I can help you with that’: Obeid pulling the NSW strings

Former planning minister Frank Sartor told the ICAC inquiry into NSW Labor party figures that 2009 was a "tawdry time". As the Commission is learning, that's quite an understatement.

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

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the former enemies of New South Wales Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid are having the best meals of their lives.

Former and current NSW politicians Morris Iemma, Nathan Rees, and Frank Sartor appeared at the NSW corruption watchdog yesterday, all with a glow of self-righteousness. Sins have been committed, but it is now time for confession, absolution and eventually retribution. No wonder they looked smug.

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8 thoughts on “‘I think I can help you with that’: Obeid pulling the NSW strings

  1. Edward James

    I wonder if Frank Sartor as a councilor felt the need to raise Eddy Obieds offer “to help” with the State ombudsman or ICAC? Edward James

  2. SBH

    “What we really want to know….’

    yes, indeed.

  3. Edward James

    Who else remembers the web site which famously asked the readers “To give Sartor the A se” dating back to his time on Sydney City Council

  4. klewso

    Another episode of “The Castratos”?

  5. Mike Smith

    There’s that word again, schadenfreude.

  6. JosieK

    Wow. So reminiscent of Queensland in the 80s, no? Like a life-sized homage to Russ Hinze.

  7. klewso

    It can happen on both sides of the political fence – it’s a side-affect of hubris – apparently not a lot of people can see or admit that.

  8. HughG

    Has anyone else noticed, that in all this Obeidocentric furor (and I am glad that there is, I’ll be even more glad if him and his sons are sent to prison) that Bob Carr and Kristina Keneally have avoided any attention at all?

    Bob Carr is soley responsible for employing this man in the first place. Bob Carr worked beside this man (despite claims they weren’t on the best of terms 100% of the time).

    Kristina Keneally is the person put in to replace Bob Carr after the many Bob Carr Scandals. The obvious puppet put in place to keep the corrupt document burning NSW labor administration in it’s same place. To run the state down, so that when they would be inevitably replaced it would be impossible for the incumbents to repair the mess.

    I dare say if there is any mastermind here, it is Bob Carr, and not Obeid.

    Or is Bob Carr untouchable because he has moved on to anoter eschelon of politics?

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