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​Disgraced Labor powerbroker to be forced to replay NSW taxpayers

Published date: Sunday, 25 March 2018

The NSW Government will take action to recover taxpayer-funded legal assistance provided to Eddie Obeid, following the High Court decision to dismiss the Labor powerbroker’s appeal.

Government will demand the repayment of legal assistance provided to Eddie Obeid in relation to the matter for which he has been convicted of misconduct in public office — his failure to disclose his family's business interest in cafe leases at Sydney's Circular Quay.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said disgraced Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid would be forced to pay back more than $280,000 of taxpayer-funded legal assistance provided in relation to this matter.

Additionally, new laws introduced by the NSW Government in 2017 mean that Mr Obeid is also required to repay his taxpayer-funded pension entitlements which could amount to as much as $660,000.

“The people of NSW deserve their money back — and a long overdue apology from a NSW Labor Party that needs to explain why they have failed, time and time again, to hold their members accountable.”

Mr Elliott said the High Court ruling came amid allegations of sexual harassment and branch stacking against Western Sydney MP Hugh McDermott and Shadow Minister Guy Zangari, respectively.

“We’ve got the Member for Prospect facing investigation for sexual harassment and the Shadow Minister for Justice accused of pressuring a university student into falsifying documents to sure up his preselection.

“This is same old Labor — rotten to the core.

“Luke Foley’s failure to discipline his own members shows nothing has changed — Labor were unfit to govern then and they’re unfit to govern now. He must stand aside both Guy Zangari and Hugh McDermott from the party room pending full investigations, today.”