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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.

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