He needed 14 bank accounts in case he lost one or two

The dodgy Labor and union ratbags in Australia are being skewered daily by the ICAC. Ian Macdonald appears to have had 14 banka accounts  I suppose he might have worried about misplacing a couple.

The disgraced former resources minister Ian Macdonald had 14 separate bank accounts during his time as a NSW cabinet minister, a corruption inquiry has been told.

Mr Macdonald accepted it might be possible he had that many, but suggested some might be related to several “farm enterprises”, and said he didn’t know whether all of them were “operational”.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption is questioning Mr Macdonald over almost $200,000 in loans he had received from his former best friend, Greg Jones.

Mr Jones was also a secret investor in Cascade Coal, which was awarded a lucrative exploration licence in 2009 over a coal tenement at Mt Penny, near Mudgee, which is the subject of the inquiry.

The corruption watchdog has alleged Mr Macdonald and the family of ALP kingpin Eddie Obeid had conspired to manipulate the awarding of the licence, which happened to sit over three properties controlled by the Obeids.

Together with a secret stake in Cascade, the Obeids stood to make as much as $100 million from the allegedly corrupt deal. Mr Jones, and other investors in Cascade Coal, hoped to turn their $1 million investment into $500 million windfall by selling the licence to a larger, related company.

Mr Macdonald, who is being interrogated for a third day at the ICAC, has repeatedly denied knowing of the Obeids’ interest in the properties making up the tenement itself or, indeed, in Cascade Coal.

Earlier, Mr Macdonald said he thought it was acceptable for a minister to “shield” himself behind his department.


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