Former NSW ministers face criminal misconduct charges

By Anna Macdonald

July 19, 2022

Eddie Obeid in October 2021. (AAP Image/Brendon Thorne)

Former NSW Labor ministers Joe Tripodi, Eddie Obeid, and Tony Kelly are set to face court on charges of misconduct in public office.

The charges arise from Operation Credo, a 2017 NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation that found Obeid had an undisclosed family financial interest in Australian Water Holdings (AWH), which he had subsequently ‘misused’. 

The investigation further found two members of parliament — Tripodi and Kelly — and Kelly’s former chief of staff, Laurie Brown, had created a misleading cabinet minute in favour of AWH. 

The Office of the Department of Public Prosecution confirmed the men are set to face Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on August 25. 

It is the first time Tripoid and Kelly have been criminally charged following the ICAC’s findings. 

In 2021, Obeid and former NSW resources minister Ian Macdonald were found by the NSW Supreme Court to have conspired to financially advantage the Obeid family, as previously reported in The Mandarin. Macdonald was found to have willfully breached his duties as a minister of the Crown. 

Obeid is currently in prison serving a sentence for a minimum of 3 years and 10 months for the above offence.

The court ruling followed an ICAC against Macdonald, Obeid and Obeid’s son Moses Obeid had engaged in corrupt conduct back in 2013

In 2016, Obeid was found to have abused his public office to secure cafe leases in Circular Quay for members of his family by ICAC

Obeid has previously denied the corruption allegations.


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