Jul 31, 2014

The (attempted) exorcism of Eddie Obeid

The NSW Labor Party wants to present Eddie Obeid as one bad apple. But this, of course, is nonsense, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

We had gathered in New South Wales Parliament to launch a new book that records, in magnificent detail, the corrupt political career of ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid. But it felt more like an exorcism.

After the official speeches, the assembled members of the Labor and media classes went upstairs to Obeid’s former parliamentary office to dance on his political grave. The mood was upbeat and reminiscent of a happy-clappy Hillsong service: Hallelujeh! The Evil One is no more.

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5 thoughts on “The (attempted) exorcism of Eddie Obeid

  1. leon knight

    Sadly this is very true, the only good news is that there will not be that much joy at election time for the LNP either, as they are in the filth up to their chins as well.
    And the Federal LNP ideology is borderline corruption on a far grander scale.
    At least Labor can be seen to be cleansing itself a bit, the LNP reckon they are entitled to much more of the same and believe have better deception skills..!!

  2. bushby jane

    Yes, I agree. In Tasmania, one senior Lib in the Federal Govt rules the roost, and oversees everything including preselections with great vigor. Ask Guy Barnett several years ago.

  3. CML

    @ leon knight – I agree with your comments.
    This article has been written as though the other side of politics are lily white. For dog’s sake, they even lost a Premier!
    Now, voters in NSW may well say a pox on both your ‘parties’, but I don’t think they will only be concerned with Labor.

  4. AR

    Perfect exposition, precisely put- now that is journalism as it once was, aka writing.
    My view of the decline was after Hawke won in 1983 – the rise of the SussexSt Lubyanka wherein men-wthout-navels were able to rule “because it was us wot won”.
    The branches were steadily ignored & then gelded, esp the Phillip branch which was astonishingly vigorous for such a locale of silvertails & surfies.
    As with bringing down Krudd, the simulacrae of SussexSt were into the power, whether in office or opposition didn’t seem to matter as long as they had control.
    Obeid was not an aberration but the norm and, like the Bourbons, I doubt that anything has been learned, memory hole or not.
    The apotheosis was usedCarr, getting out while the getting was good, all spin & no substance.

  5. Val Theisz

    I started reading the “He Who Must Be Obeid” book, by Fairfax journalist Kate McClymont and ABC broadcaster Linton Besser. Anyone still claiming that Obeid is one bad apple should take a look at this whole compote that is the current political system. Hopefully the ICAC will be strengthened and followed by appropriate criminal prosecutions.

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