Former NSW Mines Minister, Ian Macdonald, has told ICAC that it was
that he issued a mining license to land owned by Eddie Obeid.
This is the same former minister who repeatedly ignored his department’s advice to take a “more cautious” and “orderly” approach to the tender. Instead, Macdonald explicitely excluded many large coal companies from the tender, and only allowed a select group of small mining companies to bid, including Obeid’s Monaro Coal.
Some chance. Pull the other leg Macdonald.
- Macdonald as Minister explicitely ignored his department’s advice and deliberately put out a tender that would reduce the returns the taxpayer would receive from the mining lease
- One of the select bidders was Eddie Obeid
- Eddie Obeid was a close friend of Ian Macdonald.
As Counsel to ICAC Geoffrey Watson said:
A relationship of patronage and dependence had grown between Mr Obeid and Mr Macdonald.