Disgraced Labor powerbroker who was found by ICAC to have acted corruptly regarding Circular Quay café leases, water licences over his family’s farm and a coal exploration licence in the Mount Penny During ICAC hearings mining tenement. had in 2014, Keneally was asked if Obeid put her into the premier’s job in 2009. “No, the caucus did that,” she said. Now serving three years in jail for wilful misconduct in public office.
Obeid ally and factional boss who helped dump premier Nathan Rees in a special caucus meeting for Keneally in 2009 after Rees sacked him as Finance Minister.
ICAC found that Tripodi engaged in corrupt conduct by failing to disclose his awareness of the Obeid family’s financial interests in the Circular Quay leases as well as using his position to push for the family to get a government water contract.
The premier who replaced predecessor Morris Iemma in 2008 was ousted by Keneally after just 15 months as premier in a secret ballot. It followed his decision to sack Finance Minister Tripodi, Primary Industries Minister Macdonald and two others from their portfolios. Rees had famously stated that any challenger to his leadership would “be a puppet of Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi”.
One of Keneally’s first acts as premier was to reinstate Macdonald, who had also been dumped from his primary industries portfolio by Rees, back into Cabinet in 2009 as a reward for helping her into the top job. He was sacked in 2010 over travel expenses on a personal trip to Rome. In 2013 ICAC found Macdonald had engaged in conduct contrary to his public duty as minister by giving Obeid family members confidential information on the Mount Penny tenement and over gifting of exploration licences to favour Travers Duncan. Further findings were made against him over coal exploration licences with Doyles Creek mining to benefit former CFMEU official John Maitland. Macdonald was sentenced to 10 years in jail in June.