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Apr 16, 2014

Words that led to O’Farrell’s downfall, and the words that came next

As Barnaby Joyce said, "I can't believe it". Here are the words that brought down a Premier.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

What New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell said at ICAC yesterday …

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16 thoughts on “Words that led to O’Farrell’s downfall, and the words that came next

  1. DiddyWrote

    In Vino Veritas

  2. John Newton

    Listening to the unbelievably pious claptrap of ex-Lib non-events proclaiming O’Farrell’s integrity. Let’s stack it up.

    1. He said he barely knew Di Girolamo. Bullshit. They had each other’s mobiles. They spoke at least once a fortnight. 
    2. He ‘couldn’t recall’ receiving the bottle of wine. Despite a courier’s docket. 
    3. He ‘couldn’t recall’ making a call to Di Girolamo. Despite record of the call
    4. He and his wife weren’t at home they were away. See above.
    5. Finally when confronted with a note in his own handwriting to thank Nick for the bottle of crook wine, he falls on his sword, still proclaiming he ‘couldn’t recall’

  3. klewso

    So, in Toady’s glowing words – where does that leave Arfur Sinodinos?

  4. SusieQ

    He’s only resigned because it became public.

    Yes, where does that leave Arfur…..

  5. pseudomys

    And Abbott charges $9000 to Aus taxpayers to promote his book, gets caught, and then… remains PM…

  6. Waste of Time

    Why is it “honour and integrity at a very high level” to admit – through actions at least – to being corrupt? These politicians could not possibly be further out of touch with actual punters – a pox on all of them.

  7. frey

    Greiner said “at the end of the day his error was that he honestly told ICAC something that turned out to be clearly not the case”.

    So the fact O’Farrell took a gift and didn’t declare it (which would constitute dismissal in many public sector workplaces he is responsible for) doesn’t get a mention? Is that the real issue with the Libs? That they can’t understand that the real issue is not that he forgot now, but the act committed in the first place?

    Also, again with Greiner, which ALP leaders were corrupt in the 16 years? Was every ALP member corrupt? Bet he won’t bring up any names, it’s libelous enough as it is.

  8. klewso

    How was Barry to know Nick would keep his hand-written “Ta Baby”?
    Like some sort of insurance?
    Like he wanted something on/didn’t trust a politician?

  9. zut alors

    What I’d like to know is the fate of the wine, where is the Grange ’59?

    Did O’Farrell drink it & then forget? Or is it squirrelled away in his cellar where, until today, it lay forgotten under a coat of fine dust?

  10. CliffG

    Why is all the commentary from right wing commentators, Why no opinions from the other side? The ALP or Greens
    I can’t imagine an ALP politician being caught like this and only being commented on by his former mates and colleagues. It amounts to totally biased reporting.

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