NSW Labor welcomes the decision handed down by Justice Fullerton of the Supreme Court in relation to former Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald
NSW Labor welcomes the decision handed down by Justice Fullerton in the Supreme Court today in relation to the charges against disgraced Labour politicians Eddie Obeid and Ian McDonald.
The verdict validates the need for a strong, well-funded, Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and a strong and independent judiciary in NSW.
It shows that no one is above the law.
There is no room for corruption in public life or in business or in any profession for that matter.
It is a privilege to serve the people of New South Wales. As public office holders, we are the bearers of significant public trust and we must uphold that trust at all times.
Justice Fullerton found that there was a ‘wilful breach of the duties and obligations as a Minister of the Crown’. This is a salient reminder that when public trust is breached it corrodes trust in our democratic institutions. Without that trust, democracy is undermined.
These two individuals brought great shame on the NSW Labor Party and the NSW Parliament and now they must pay the consequences. That is the way it must be.
The Labor Party has learnt a very difficult lesson, one that will not be forgotten by the leadership and Caucus of NSW Labor.
CHRIS MINNS MP
NSW LABOR LEADER
MICHAEL DALEY MP
SHADOW ATTORNEY GENERAL