There’s nothing better than the feeling of finally being proved right, and so it was that the two happiest ex-premiers of New South Wales, Morris Iemma and Nathan Rees, yesterday launched a ground-breaking book about corrupt former NSW politician Eddie Obeid.

He Who Must Be Obeid, by Fairfax journalist Kate McClymont and ABC broadcaster Linton Besser, tells the story of Obeid, who has been found to be corrupt several times over by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. Acting Commissioner Anthony Whealy has also recommended that prosecuting bodies give consideration as to whether he should face criminal charges for misconduct in public office. ICAC has heard that while running the numbers for the dominant Right faction in NSW Labor, the Lebanese-born father of nine also pocketed tens of millions of dollars from corrupt deals involving coal mines, Circular Quay cafes, marinas and the state’s water supply.