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Chorus of praise for Obeid sentencing

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT EDDIE OBEID'S SENTENCING:

FORMER LABOR PREMIERS WHO WERE BENEFICIARIES AND THEN VICTIMS OF OBEID'S POWER IN THE PARTY ...

"Justice has been done. The judgment's words on the significance of Obeid's crime and its potential to undermine our democratic system are important." - Kristina Kenneally

"He's been found to be corrupt and he's now in jail and he's lost his order of Australia medal. It's game over for Eddie Obeid and a lot of people will be saying that's great." - Nathan Rees.

"Eddie Obeid has got his just deserts ... I say good riddance." - Morris Iemma.

OTHERS APPLAUDING THE SENTENCE ...

"The crimes of Eddie Obeid and his cronies are the most serious instance of official corruption we have seen in our lifetimes. Regardless of political affiliation, any MP who commits a serious offence while in office should face the consequences, and should not be shielded simply because they resign before being charged." - NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird

"We are gratified that a custodial sentence has been handed down.... We hope this judgment today goes some way in restoring confidence in the parliament and in our profession." - Deputy Labor leader Michael Daley

"He was a crook and he's going to jail. No one is above the law, no one should be above the law." - federal Labor MP Brendan O'Connor

"This case is a testament to the hard work of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. It shows the crucial need for a strong, independent corruption fighting body in NSW to pursue investigations against politicians who abuse their powers in this way." - Greens MP Jamie Parker

THE FLIP SIDE ...

"It's absolutely appalling." - Obeid's son-in-law Majid Saab.

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