Defiant. Surly. Combative. Former New South Wales politician Eddie Obeid finally got into the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption this morning and behaved badly, demonstrating his deep contempt for the process. It can be very hard for a powerful man to sit on the wrong side of a witness box -- and like Silvio Berlusconi and Conrad Black, Obeid is obviously finding it difficult to give up control.

It's been a fiery morning at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, and those people who lined up for almost two hours to get a seat have not been disappointed. The public gallery is completely full, as is the overflow room on a different floor. And as Obeid took his seat at 10am, complete with OAM badge in his lapel, the room fell totally silent.