/ 22 October 2021

A trio of exercises in transparency

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

• Former NSW Labor powerbrokers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald, along with Obeid’s son Moses were sentenced to jail yesterday over a plot to get a coal exploration licence for an Obeid family farm. Macdonald, who was resources minister from 2007 to 2009, rigged a tender that led to a $30 million windfall – money the family have kept… It is Macdonald’s and Eddie Obeid’s 2nd stint in prison for misconduct in public office.

• Speaking of ICAC, it’s released the witness list for next week’s hearings into former premier Gladys Berejiklian’s conduct. She will front up on Thursday and Friday. Her former boyfriend Daryl Maguire, the original target of the inquiry, will appear on Wednesday.

• And in Canberra, the committee that looks into the rules for MPs will examine politicians’ use of funds from anonymous donors to pay legal bills. There was a blow-up on Wednesday night when Speaker Tony Smith proposed look-see into former minister Christian Porter’s use of a “blind trust” was voted down. PM Scott Morrison said it’s not just a Porter problem, and a broader look was warranted. Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the government is trying to protect Porter from scrutiny.

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