Crikey Clarifier

Feb 4, 2013

Crikey Clarifier: who are the Obeids and what did they do?

Who is Eddie Obeid, and why is his family now embroiled in a corruption scandal that goes to the heart of NSW politics? Crikey's courtroom scribe records the history and argues why you should care.

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

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

New South Wales Labor kingpin Eddie Obeid took the stand today for his long-awaited appearance at the Independent Commission Against Corruption examining party heavies, their influence and dodgy deals inside and outside Parliament. So who is Obeid, why is his family so powerful and what might bring them down?

Who are the Obeids?

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14 thoughts on “Crikey Clarifier: who are the Obeids and what did they do?

  1. Stephen

    None of them will go to jail, and none of them will have to give the loot back.

    The Lance Armstrongs of Australian politics, they are.

  2. Andrew McMillen

    Thanks for this Margot – helpful.

  3. ianjohnno

    Thankyou. A useful article.

    I still wonder why such people join the ALP?

  4. Warren Joffe

    Tony Mokbel has or had an uncle who is/was a Maronite priest. One wouldn’t expect the Obeids to have been so incautious as to have anything to do with a low life like Mokbel but it would be exceedingly interesting (entertaining to the disinterested not to say irrresponsible bystander) if there was some association.

  5. paddy

    Thanks for the info Margot.

  6. Steve777

    Thank you for this brief but informative summary.

  7. Holden Back

    Most of Australia’s Maronites are at least distantly related by marriage, Warren Joffe. Your point? Or are you just using racial profiling as a trolling technique?

  8. Michael Lines

    I’m always amazed how these kinds of people assume that we will never find out. The arrogance of the very powerful. Whether they ever actually pay for their criminality is, of course, a separate matter.

  9. Hamis Hill

    Regarding profiling surely there are left-wing Catholics.
    Why is their religion never highlighted in articles?
    Morris Iemma, for example, a supposed enemy of the Obeids but his religion never mentioned?

  10. zut alors

    An Informative piece, thanks. Enjoyed the perspicacious line:

    ‘…they have poisoned the Labor brand in NSW so profoundly the next Labor premier may still be at school.’

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