Jul 31, 2013

ICAC’s ‘disgusting’ ruling against Labor: Obeids, Macdonald face charges

There's a stench around Labor -- in NSW at least -- as ICAC hands down its findings on the Obeid affair. Criminal charges have been recommended against the men who ran the state like a private club.

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

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Eddie Obeid

Although widely anticipated, today is a very black day for the Australian Labor Party.

A report from the New South Wales corruption watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, handed down in Sydney this morning has recommended two senior ALP figures and a family member be charged with criminal conduct. It brings to a climax a seven-month investigation into the actions of Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, his son Moses, and former state mining minister Ian Macdonald.

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18 thoughts on “ICAC’s ‘disgusting’ ruling against Labor: Obeids, Macdonald face charges

  1. T S

    What ICAC ruling was there against Labor? Disgusting, sensationalist headline.

  2. mikehilliard

    NSW voters are bored to death with ICAC & the findings only confirm what everyone knew months ago, all that’s left is for the media to flog a dead horse.

  3. santa claus

    Let’s watch them wriggle for a little longer, but my feeling is the protagonists’ll be off the hook before long. Money talks.

  4. klewso

    O’Farrell was probably “Out to Lunch”?
    At last, someone to out-Askin Askin, and Bjelke-Petersen next door?

  5. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Most political parties have had members who’s main intention was to line their pockets or gain inappropriate power or both. This time it is the turn of several obnoxious members of NSW Labor.
    Will it affect the vote in the Federal election, most unlikely. The locals quite rightly vented their wrath at the State election and will now focus on more important issues like which party will put the biggest amount in their hip pockets.

  6. lucas paul

    What amount of corruption and mismanagment would it take to change the opioions of some of the rusted on crikey followers? Dead Girl, live boy? Bored with corruption that might have cost the NSW Government $50m, really? I guess it is small potatoes compared to vast amounts wasted our Labor’s time.

  7. Mark from Melbourne

    Yes, why is this an ALP “disaster”. It is 2 or 3 shonky dealers who have been caught out and should suffer the full consequences.

    And it certainly points towards a lack of vigilance and vigour on the part of their colleagues but there are plenty of rotten apples amongst all parties at all levels of government.

    Root them out, throw them in jail and make it clear that those who are involved in this sort of stuff will get their comeuppance. And make it clear so that everyone else is under no illusion that this stuff wont be tolerated. And then make sure we put the measures in place that remove the risk and the temptation and to monitor that its working.

    But that’s about it.

    A corollary would be smashing the police force because of some bent coppers.

  8. Miowarra Tomokatu

    So, five businessmen are named as having engaged in corrupt conduct and two Labor politicians, yet only the two Labor politicians are to be pursued by the DPP, the ATO and all the other punitive arms of the State.

    Do I notice a political bias in the decision and the reporting?
    I had expected better from Crikey.

  9. MJPC

    ALP disaster, I hardly think so as other comments have attested. The stench of corruption can affects all politicians at all levels of government, but it is individual opportunistic actions rather than a party policy (although the Nationals came close in Queensland under J B-Petersen and his minions.
    Remember, it will be only with a change of government in NSW that the full truth about casino deals, CSG deals and other sundry unsavory activities will be revealed regading the current government in NSW.

  10. Keith Thomas

    Considering the extent to which trusts are used to obscure and hide conspiracies against the public interest, isn’t it time for all trusts and their directors to be registered publicly with an obligation that the ultimate beneficiaries be made clear?

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