Robbo is a good bloke and doesn’t like ratbags, especially crooked ratbags like Eddie Obeid. John Robertson is moving to chuck Obeid out of the ALP.
It is the behaviour and activities of ratbags like Obeid which is seeing massive damage being done to the ALP.
Eddie Obeid has launched a ferocious attack on NSW opposition leader John Robertson, labelling him a “weak-kneed leader” over his “disgraceful” call for the controversial former Labor powerbroker to be expelled from the party.
Mr Obeid, who is awaiting the outcome of an inquiry into corruption allegations levelled at him and his family, accused Mr Robertson of seeking to have him expelled from Labor for personal political gain.
“I find myself the victim of the very party I served for 40 years,” Mr Obeid said on Thursday.
“The victim of a political stunt by a weak-kneed leader who doesn’t have the policies to take on the current government but wants to go back and apportion blame.”
Mr Obeid and his family are the focus of the largest ever investigation undertaken by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
The commission has heard they made tens of millions of dollars by allegedly rigging a tender process for a coal exploration licence issued by the former Labor minister, Ian Macdonald.
But Mr Obeid said ICAC was “a kangaroo court that was out there as a media spectacle” and confirmed he would fight any corruption finding against him in the Supreme Court and he and his family would be “vindicated”.
“I don’t mind if an adverse report comes down and the DPP decides to take it to the Supreme Court to lay the charges and we are charged – fine, all bets are off, they can do whatever they want,” he said.
“But to judge someone before there’s any conclusive evidence or charges, what’s the message that sends out to every other Australian or the members of the party?”
Mr Robertson called for Mr Obeid to be expelled from Labor during ICAC’s public hearings.
The party’s administrative committee is expected to formalise the expulsion on Friday.