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It is heartening to see the dirty laundry within the ranks of the former NSW government finally being aired.

That ICAC must scrutinise Eddie Obeid and Ian McDonald’s actions so thoroughly and that the magnitude of the corruption, if proven, is so immense that this case has become the ICAC’s ‘most important investigation in its history’ surely warrants the rewriting of recent policies and legislation enacted and impacted on by such controversial dealings and dealers.

As noted by Geoffrey Watson, counsel assisting the case: ‘If it is corruption, then it is corruption on a scale probably unexceeded since the days of the Rum Corps’. Yet again, Ian McDonald is at its centre.

John Robertson, opposition leader, ‘cannot believe the magnitude and the seriousness of these allegations’. Really? What other explanation could possibly explain the potential wholesale handover of our best agricultural land, lifestyle and wellbeing to CSG interests?

John Robertson is ‘not going to allow the Labor party to continue to be dogged by these sorts of allegations’. Excellent! Then let’s see a red line stricken through every questionable ‘pie’ the former minister McDonald has had his hands in!


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