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Ex-minister Ian Macdonald to face court

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

Former NSW mining minister Ian Macdonald will face a court hearing with fellow ex-minister Eddie Obeid over a coal mining exploration licence.

Macdonald's conspiracy to commit an offence charge - which was laid in July last year - can now be revealed, after Fairfax Media succeeded in getting a suppression order lifted.

Obeid, his son Moses, and Macdonald are due to face a committal hearing in December over the issuing of a coal mining exploration licence on Obeid family land at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley near Mudgee.

In 2013, ICAC found the Mt Penny coal exploration licence enabled the Obeid family to make $30 million.

The conspiracy charge against the Obeids could only be revealed last month, after a NSW Supreme Court jury found Eddie Obeid guilty of wilful misconduct in public office in 2001.

The 72-year-old was found to have lobbied a senior public servant about lucrative retail leases at Sydney's Circular Quay, without revealing his family's stake in the outlets.

His sentence hearing has been delayed after he suffered an acute stroke.

His health problem also meant the five-day committal hearing for the Obeids and Macdonald, originally set down for August 29, will now begin on December 5.

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