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Obeid 'far from death's door', judge told

AAP logoAAP 30/11/2016 By Margaret Scheikowski

Former NSW Minister Eddie Obeid is "far from being at death's door", says a crown prosecutor arguing for him to be jailed for his misconduct offence.

The 72-year-old was found guilty in June of lobbying a senior public servant about lucrative Circular Quay leases without revealing his family's stake in the outlets.

At his sentence hearing in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Peter Neil SC, for the Crown, submitted that full-time custody was the only appropriate penalty.

He acknowledged Obeid had a "constellation" of medical issues including suffering a stroke in August .

"Fortunately he came out of it as well as could be expected," he said, before referring to a report by prison health authorities.

"The type of conditions that afflict the offender and the fact of his age are by no means novel or new to them."

Mr Neil said "we wish him well", adding "he is far from being at death's door".

But Brad Hughes SC, for Obeid, said a term of imprisonment was not called for, submitting the offending was at the bottom end of the scale of objective seriousness.

He tendered 55 character references, one describing Obeid as a "champion of the underprivileged".

"He has given 20 years of service in Parliament," Mr Hughes said.

Obeid will be sentenced on December 15.

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