Eddie Obeid

Ratbag Labor Lebbos get slammed by Aussie Supreme Court

Ratbag Lebbo Labor politician Eddie Obeid and his sons have been slammed with multi-million dollar legal indemnity costs.

A Supreme Court judge has blasted former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid and his sons for bringing an “unreasonable” and “irresponsible” lawsuit against the corruption watchdog and ordered the family to pay a multimillion-dollar legal bill.

In a scathing judgment delivered on Monday, Justice David Hammerschlag said there was “every reason why” Obeid and his sons Moses, Paul and Eddie jnr should pay the costs of every person sued in the case.

This included former Independent Commission Against Corruption chief David Ipp, QC, against whom the Obeids had made baseless allegations of misconduct that Justice Hammerschlag described as “of the gravest kind”.

Legal sources said the bill would easily exceed $2 million, on top of the Obeids’ own costs. ? Read more »

Labor Lebbo ratbag gets three years in the pokey

Corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid has been jailed for a minimum of three years:

NSW Premier Mike Baird says Eddie Obeid will be stripped of his lifetime pension, around $120,000 each year, after his jailing over wilful misconduct.

The government has removed a loophole in legislation that only strips parliamentarians of their allowance if they are convicted of a serious offence, but only while they are in office.

Former Labor powerbroker Obeid, 73, was sentenced this morning to a non-parole period of three years in prison, with a maximum term of five years, for wilful misconduct offences in public office.

He retired from parliament retired in 2011.

Under the current rules, any MP convicted of an offence that punishable by imprisonment for more than five years is liable to lose their parliamentary pension, but this does not apply to former MPs convicted after leaving parliament.

?The crimes of Eddie Obeid and his cronies are the most serious instance of official corruption we have seen in our lifetime,? Mr Baird said.

?Regardless of political affiliation, any MP who commits a serious offence while in office should face the consequences, and should not be shielded simply because they resign before being charged.?

Mr Baird said the government will also move to recover taxpayer-funded legal assistance provided to Mr Obeid because of his position as a former minister, a bill which runs to more than $280,000.

However, costs incurred by the state during the Independent Commission Against Corruption?s investigations of Mr Obeid which have not led to convictions cannot be recovered.

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Corrupt, dodgy ALP ratbag set to have his millions reefed back

Eddie Obeid the ALPs virtual mafia don is set to have a good chunk of his ill-gotten millions reefed back by the NSW government.

The state government is set to pass extraordinary laws to strip corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid and his family of at least $30 million in profits from a coal deal at the centre of a historic corruption probe.

A day after Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the government would pass special laws to tear up three corruption-tainted coal exploration licences, Mr O’Farrell said it was also working on laws to confiscate the proceeds of corrupt activity by former Labor figures and businessmen.

He said on Tuesday the laws to cancel the licences would be introduced in state Parliament next week, while additional laws to claw back proceeds of corrupt coal ventures from Mr Obeid and others were still
in development.

“I’m told that it will take a little bit longer,” Mr O’Farrell said.

A premier with balls

Barry O’Farrell is the NSW Premier and he has announced that if there is any mischief involving his ministers then off to the Independent Commission Against Corruption you go.

Ministers who breach the code of conduct will be answerable to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for the first time after Premier Barry O’Farrell announced support for the regulator’s recommendations.

Following inquiries involving former Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald over the allocation of lucrative coal licences, the ICAC advised the government to adopt several anti-corruption measures.

One was that the NSW government’s ministerial code of conduct becomes ”an applicable code” for the purposes of the ICAC Act, meaning serious breaches could amount to corrupt conduct.

Additionally, ICAC recommended that the government overhaul the way mining licences were issued in NSW.

Aussie Wog ratbag now playing race card

Eddie Obeid is now crying racism against the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Disgraced former Labor minister Eddie Obeid has accused the corruption watchdog of racism for implying his family are “wog Lebanese”, who took the spoils of joint business ventures “from the one bloody plate”.

In a heated morning in the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday, Mr Obeid said he was not involved in the business dealings of his nine children and 31 grandchildren.

“I’m not involved in their daily lives,” he said.

The ICAC is investigating whether Mr Obeid , 70, used his political influence to lobby colleagues about cafes at Circular Quay, water licences in rural NSW and consulting business Direct Health Solutions.? Read more »

Aussies take lying ratbag politicians a whole lot more seriously than we do

While Len Brown appears to be getting off with so much as a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket for lying in LGOIMA requests, in Australia they have organisations that can truly hold lying ratbags to account.

Like the Independent Commission Against Corruption…who are currently holding Joe Tripodi’s feet to the fire.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi??has been accused of lying to a corruption inquiry after giving extraordinary evidence that Eddie Obeid’s ”interest” in businesses at Circular Quay was not financial.

Mr Tripodi, who was recalled to the Independent Commission Against Corruption at his own request, changed his evidence on Wednesday to admit he did tell a staff member in 2006 that his corrupt former colleague had ”an interest” in three cafes at Circular Quay.

But the former ports minister claimed he meant ”interested or concerned” rather than financially involved in the lucrative businesses.

Corrupt ratbag now on bludge for legal expenses

Eddie Obeid really does have an entitlement mentality that is as astonishing for its cheek as for its greed.

He has picked the pockets of the government, unions and ALP and now wants to pick even more pockets.

Fresh from corruptly making millions of dollars by rigging a tender for a valuable coal exploration licence, Eddie Obeid has asked taxpayers to cover his legal fees ”in the public interest”.

In July the Independent Commission Against Corruption found Mr Obeid and his family made $30 million by rigging a tender for the licence at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley with the help of then mining minister Ian Macdonald.

As Mr Obeid faces another turn in the witness box on Wednesday at the new ICAC inquiry into his interests in commercial leases at Circular Quay, his lawyers have written to NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith requesting financial assistance. ? Read more »

Dodgy wop ratbag Joe gets hammered

Joe Tripodi, the ratbag ALP fixer is going down for corruption.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi has spent a torrid day testifying at the Independent Commission Against Corruption after the head of the investigation announced he is also a target.

In a sensational development, assistant commissioner Anthony Whealy, QC, announced on Friday he had “formally?enlarged the scope and purpose” of an inquiry into corrupt former minister Eddie Obeid to?include Mr Tripodi.

The former ports minister faces a potential finding of corruption over his involvement in renewing lucrative cafe leases owned by the Obeid family at Circular Quay.

The ICAC may recommend criminal charges be considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions if he is found corrupt.

The ratbag show continues in Australia

Day after day dodgy ALP ratbags are being rinsed before the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Yesterday it was Joe Tripodi’s turn.

These revelations are going to cripple the ALP for a generation.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi knew his political ally Eddie Obeid had a secret interest in cafes at Circular Quay when he bypassed a tender and renewed leases for the lucrative businesses.

Lynne Ashpole, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr Tripodi, gave evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday that Mr Tripodi told her in 2006 that Mr Obeid had an interest in the waterfront cafes.

The explosive testimony contradicts Mr Tripodi’s previous claims he was unaware of Mr Obeid’s stake in the cafes when he renewed the leases in 2009 for up to 10 years. Mr Tripodi is expected to give evidence on Friday.

“During your discussions of this issue, Mr Tripodi mentioned to you that Mr Eddie Obeid owned one or two leases down at Circular Quay?” junior counsel assisting the commission, Ben Katekar, asked.

Another dodgy ratbag from NSW

It seems if you want to be involved in Aussie politics you have to be a corrupt ratbag…at least to be a member of the ALP.

And other politicians and the media don’t hold back in calling things how they are?either. Shame our media have sold out long ago to crooks and ratbags.

Barely a fortnight ago, former senior state public servant Steve Dunn was given a frank character assessment in the State Parliament.

The occasion was a debate on a bill to abolish the controversial Game Council of NSW following a damaging review of the taxpayer-funded body by Mr Dunn in his capacity as a private consultant.

As the Shooters and Fishers Party MP Robert Brown eviscerated Mr Dunn and wondered how he could have reached his conclusions, fellow Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak, enraged by the Dunn report, interjected: ”Because he’s corrupt, that’s why!”

Also to face the inquiry: Former public servant Mark Duffy.?Photo: Adam Hollingworth

Little did they know?Mr Dunn would be named on Monday?as a witness in the latest Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into?former Labor minister Eddie Obeid.