Breaking: Eddie Obeid sentenced to five years in jail

Former Labor minister Eddie Obeid has had his fate handed to him today, with a judge sentencing him to five
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Eddie Obeid has been handed his punishment.

Former Labor minister Eddie Obeid has had his fate handed to him today, with a judge sentencing him to five years in jail.

Obeid was found guilty of misconduct in public office in June after it was revealed he had failed to disclose family’s business interests in cafe leases at Sydney’s Circular Quay, while he was lobbying to a senior bureaucrat about the rights of waterfront retailers in 2007 when he was a member of the NSW Upper House.

Today, Supreme Court Justice Robert Beech-Jones didn’t hold back when handing down his sentence, delivering Obeid a five year jail term with a minimum three years non-parole period behind bars.

While Obeid’s lawyers had tried to argue that his crime was minimal in the grand scheme of things, the judge was having none of it.

“The more senior the public official, the greater the level of public trust,” he said.

“Corruption by elected officials consumes democracies.”

He said Obeid had abused public trust “to advance the financial interests of himself or at least his family”.

“He intentionally abused the public trust proposed in him as a member of the legislative council of NSW.

“[The lobbying] was not undertaken because [Obeid] in any way believed it was in the interests of the public or the electorate.”

The sentence has left many people gobsmacked as Obeid was once such a prominent figure in politics.

While some have already called the sentence ‘too harsh’, others are saying it should serve as warning to other pollies out there who are treading a fine line as they put their own interests in conflict with the public’s.

Pollies abusing their positions of power and spending taxpayer money on their benefits has been a big issue over the past few years, with many calling for them to be held accountable for ‘doing the dodgy’ on voters.

How do you feel about this sentence? Do you think politicians need to be reigned in on some issues?

  1. Joseph Eades  

    It’s a fair sentence but what about the rest of the politicians in NSW who have been found guilty

  2. rikda  

    The cafe was the tip of the iceberg.
    He’s just filth.
    Should have got 10 years.

  3. Jeanne Lindsey  

    Yes I think it is a fair sentence, should have been a few more corrupt pollies get the same fate.

  4. Jenny Basford  

    A light sentence in view of the level of corruption. Now for the others …..

  5. Chris Wallis  

    I believe the Rum trade still works in NSW. Qld had Fitzgerald inquiry. What has NSW had.

  6. WHAT a labor politician guilty of corruption ? l dont believe it , they will appeal & walk away with a slap on the wrist , no what about the rest of them

  7. Waverley  

    Way too lenient for this crook!
    Should’ve got 25 years!
    No deterrent to others’ doing, or wanting to do, the same sort of crime.

    Our ‘justice system’ fails yet again, for the umpteenth time……

  8. Ginger  

    Oh! ffs, SaS, learn to bee well SPELL!
    You need ‘reined in’ for above question!

    Learn the diff among rain, rein, & reign!

    It’s NOT that bloomin’ difficult!

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