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Angry rebuttals at Obeid's second day of inquiry

NSW Greens MP John Kaye (pictured) called on Premier Barry O’Farrell to apply to the Supreme Court for an order to freeze Eddie Obeid’s family assets.
NSW Greens MP John Kaye (pictured) called on Premier Barry O’Farrell to apply to the Supreme Court for an order to freeze Eddie Obeid’s family assets. Trevor Veale

AS FORMER Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid continued to face the tough questions in his second day in the witness box before the state's corruption watchdog, there was a push in parliament ranks for his assets to be frozen until the public was given some answers.

In the last phase of the Independent Commission against Corruption's inquiry into the granting of coal mining licences in NSW, angry rebuttals and awkward silences from Mr Obeid have followed suggestions his family stood to gain millions from mining tenders approved by his colleague, former Labor Minister Ian MacDonald.

During one of many fiery exchanges with counsel assisting the commission Geoffrey Watson, Mr Obeid was threatened with contempt of court and warned he needed to answer the questions directly.

He has denied having any knowledge of how confidential zoning maps landed on the tables of his family's offices and claimed he was unaware two of his sons were buying properties which fell under new tender agreements.

On Tuesday, NSW Greens MP John Kaye called on Premier Barry O'Farrell to apply to the Supreme Court for an order to freeze Mr Obeid's family assets.

The Premier will also consider whether mining licences at the centre of the scandal should be suspended.

Late last year former NSW Premiers Nathan Rees and Morris Iemma were called to give evidence in the inquiry.Mr MacDonald is expected to take the stand on Thursday.

Topics:  coal mining eddie obeid ian macdonald independent commission against corruption inquiry john kaye


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