Dodgy ALP ratbags get a bit of a reprieve

The dodgy ALP ratbags at the centre of corruption proceedings in NSW will get a bit of a reprieve as public submissions have finished.

After more than three months of sensational evidence, the NSW anti-corruption watchdog has finished hearing from witnesses in its inquiry into allegedly tainted coalfields deals involving senior NSW Labor figures.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has been probing whether then mines minister Ian Macdonald rigged a 2008 tender process for a coal exploration licence in the NSW upper Hunter and how former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid may have gained.

It’s claimed Mr Macdonald did the bidding of Obeid family members, who allegedly hid their involvement in the area through complex trust and company structures.

The Obeids stood to make up to $100 million from mining deals in the area from corruption at a level not seen since the days of the Rum Corps, the inquiry was told.

After presiding over the inquiry, codenamed Operation Jasper, since last November, Commissioner David Ipp on Thursday declared the evidentiary stage finished.

“That concludes the evidentiary part of this inquiry and the commission will now adjourn and the next step is the filing of written submissions,” Commissioner Ipp said.

Counsel assisting the commissioner, Geoffrey Watson SC, quipped at the close of proceedings: “That’s all there is. There ain’t no more, commissioner”.

If only we had an ICAC here…then we wouldn’t have the unedifying spectacle of Police not processing all the electoral breaches from the last election or indeed the Daljit Singh case hanging around for more than 3 years.

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