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Take Obeid's entitlements away: NSW Labor

AAP logoAAP 18/09/2016

Former NSW MP Eddie Obeid and any other politician found guilty of corruption should lose generous parliamentary entitlements, says NSW Labor.

Opposition leader Luke Foley has written to Premier Mike Baird pushing for legislative changes to strip politicians found guilty of misconduct of their superannuation entitlements.

Mr Baird said in June he was looking into cancelling Obeid's parliamentary pension shortly after the 72-year-old received his guilty verdict.

"Like the rest of NSW I am appalled by what has transpired," Mr Baird said at the time.

"I have sought urgent advice on what action may be taken, noting there is recent parliamentary precedent."

Mr Foley has asked for a copy of that advice and has offered his party's support in parliament.

The Labor leader is also urging the government to remove a three-year time limit in the Election Authority Act.

He argued on Monday the time period allows politicians found guilty of misconduct in office by the Independent Commission Against Corruption more than three years ago to evade charges.

'If the leader of the opposition genuinely wished to work 'together and constructively' with the government on corruption issues, he would not be doing it via the media," a spokesman for Mr Baird said on Monday.

The government had followed the advice of an expert panel into donations reform which recommended that there should not be retrospective changes to the laws, he said.

"On the separate issue of parliamentary superannuation rules, the government is currently considering advice," the spokesman said.

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