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Ian Macdonald Found Guilty of Corruption for Accepting Services of a Prostitute.

July 31, 2013

Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid

  • Former ministers Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid have been found guilty of corruption by the ICAC.
  • ICAC recommending criminal charges
  • Chinese Prostitute “Tiffanie” speaks out!

 

The ICAC findings follow six months of public hearings, often played out to a packed public gallery.

During hearings earlier this year, counsel assisting ICAC, Geoffrey Watson SC, called Mr Macdonald a “crook” and questioned his decision to create a coal exploration area in the Mt Penny area only days after speaking to Eddie Obeid’s son Moses.

He also faced an allegation that he stayed at the Obeid family ski chalet in the Perisher Valley just days after providing them with a list of mining companies they later used to make tens of millions of dollars.

Mr Macdonald says the boundaries of the tenement which covered the Obeids’ properties were drawn up by his department.

He said ICAC had not looked for alternative explanations, had not called witnesses who supported his version of events and only sought evidence that supported the case against him.

He repeatedly told the hearing he had been in the dark about the Obeids’ potential $100 million mining venture, despite giving Moses Obeid the “confidential” list.

“You, as a minister of the Crown, have been duped into providing information from which a parliamentary colleague and a friend have been able to make tens of millions of dollars?” Mr Watson asked.

Mr Macdonald replied: “Well, I don’t know if that was their purpose when they asked me.

“But … I feel a bit swiped from the side.”

A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!

Mr Obeid described the corruption watchdog’s investigation as a “political witch hunt.”

During an investigation in 2011, the commission heard that Mr Macdonald arranged a lunch meeting at the Tuscany restaurant in Leichhardt between Mr Medich and Country Energy executives Craig Murray and Bill Frewen on July 15, 2009.

Mr Medich and his associate, former boxer Lucky Gattellari, used the meeting to complain about the lack of success their firm, Rivercorp, was having securing government contracts.

After lunch, Mr Macdonald was taken by Mr Gattellari’s driver, Senad Kaminic, to the five-star Four Seasons hotel in the Rocks where he was handed a room key.

TIFFANIE!

Waiting in the hotel room was a Chinese prostitute, “Tiffanie”, who told the commission she understood sex was expected from her.

Mr Macdonald is alleged to have kissed and fondled “Tiffanie” as a reward for putting accused murderer Ron Medich in touch with utility executives.

Tiffanie told the inquiry “I felt very reluctant to be kissed by him because I didn’t like him and he said something like ‘if you knew who I was you would be very surprised’.”

Findings into Operation Acacia, which investigated Mr Macdonald’s decision to grant an exploration licence in the coal rich Doyles Creek area to a small group of investors including John Maitland, will be handed down next month.

 

 

 

 

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50 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 31, 2013 11:49 am

    The critical questions about guilt or innocence-
    • Does he have a baby?
    • What does his wife say?
    • Does he “share an office”?
    • Does he know Michael Lawler?

    By the way, that Kathy Jackson is a bitch.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    July 31, 2013 2:07 pm

    So the Chinese ARE involved …

    I found a bug in my office just yesterday! I knew it was Chinese as soon as it looked sideways at me! They’re everywhere!

    This looks like a Chinese set-up to me … how could senior people … and true blue Labor people at that … in responsible positions, answerable to the taxpayers be expected to protect themselves from Chinese infiltration, manipulation and penetration … bring in the Navy and the SAS … warm up the F-35’s F-18’s and send our boys in NOW!

  3. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 31, 2013 2:21 pm

    You are right to raise these important matters, ToM. Clearly Obeid and McDonald are not guilty of anything. They haven’t yet been charged with any crime, much less convicted. This is just Craig Thomson all over again – the vilification of stalwart Labor politicians.

    This sort of thing is typical of the conservative attack-dog media. The real corruption here is no doubt the unseemly amount the evil Murdoch paid reb to run this vile slander!

    It is beyond belief that senior Labor figures would be involved in any wrongdoing. No wonder people are saying that media standards have all but disappeared. This story is nothing but trash masquerading as news. It is this sort of irresponsible journalism that Conroy’s important reforms were designed to combat, only to be defeated by those in the pay of robber baron Murdoch.

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    July 31, 2013 2:46 pm

    This story is nothing but trash masquerading as news

    Hear! Fkn! Hear!

    Utter BS!

  5. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 31, 2013 3:40 pm

    “……….Tiffanie told the inquiry “I felt very reluctant to be kissed by him because I didn’t like him and he said something like ‘if you knew who I was you would be very surprised’.”……..”

    To which Tiffany the prostitute replied

    “Weally ? ……………………………….Maybe you huv fwend called Cwaig ?”

  6. July 31, 2013 4:25 pm

    chuckle…

    Mr Macdonald told the inquiry that he had not known Tiffanie was a prostitute and was under the impression Mr Medich and Gattellari had arranged for a “remedial massage” in the hotel room as he had developed “neck tiredness” during the meeting.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ian-macdonald-and-a-prostitute-called-tiffanie-icac-finds-former-minister-acted-corruptly-20130731-2qyaf.html#ixzz2abN1hvSv

  7. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 31, 2013 4:48 pm

    Yes………Yes………… Tiffany must have been totally seduced by Ian McDonald’s wonderful reptilian smile

    Sounds like it was a fantastic night unlike today’s report

    Good to see that at least the evening had a “happy ending”

  8. July 31, 2013 10:48 pm

    Well we knew that… Get these pricks I say.. Arbib and Rosendal were up to their neck in it…

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/06/04/mayne-arbib-the-latest-in-a-long-line-of-plum-post-ministerial-posts/?wpmp_switcher=mobile&wpmp_tp=0

    Here is an email i recieved today from John Robertson

    I am loving this….. I’m getting my party back and the last fucking laugh..

    Dear Ricky,

    The report handed down by the Independent Commission Against Corruption today details an appalling abuse of public office by Edward Obeid and Ian Macdonald.

    Just like you, I am devastated to see our great party dragged through the mud by these two selfish and corrupt individuals.

    What they have done under the banner of the Labor Party is disgusting and appalling.

    That is why I had Mr Obeid and Mr Macdonald expelled from our party for life.

    These individuals sought to use their positions in both the Labor Party and NSW Parliament to abuse public trust and advance their own personal interest.

    No stone should be left unturned and no effort should be reserved in ensuring we see all of these individuals feel the full brunt of the law before our court system.

    I want to see the book thrown at Mr Obeid and Mr Macdonald.

    That is why I have called for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, answerable to the Director of Public Prosecutions, to bring charges against these two individuals as quickly as possible.

    People who engage in corruption should be put behind bars.

    I am committed to stamping out corruption by making the changes and reforms needed – within political parties, the parliament and government.

    The best way to fight corruption is openness, honesty and transparency.

    The ‘New Standard’ policy I announced earlier this year sets out the toughest scrutiny measures in the country to fight corruption.

    This includes requiring MPs to publish the financial interests of themselves, their partners, dependent children and the details of any trusts they are involved in.

    It requires all Ministers to record every meeting or contact they have with a lobbyist, MP or business relating to a commercial decision to help prevent anything like this from ever occurring again.

    MPs are no longer bound by factions or groups outside the caucus. The only binding votes are decisions of the caucus and the cabinet or shadow cabinet.

    These reforms have been built on with the support of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

    All of us have a responsibility to ensure the disgraceful conduct of these individuals is never allowed to happen again.

    The best time to address these problems is now.

    By rolling out the highest standards and strongest anti-corruption powers in Australia we can get on with rebuilding Labor in NSW and holding the O’Farrell Government to account.

    The Labor Party has a proud 120 year history and millions of Australians depend on us to stand up for them and their families in the future.

    That’s why I’m committed to rebuilding Labor in NSW and with your support, doing all I can to ensure we are the party focused on dealing with the issues that will make a real difference to people’s lives in our State.

    Yours sincerely,

    John Robertson MP
    NSW Labor Leader

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 1, 2013 9:39 am

    The ALP has known for decades about the sleaziness of the NSW right, and the activities of other hacks too. There is no excuse for this belated response.

    The ‘whatever it takes’ ethic is imported from the industrial wing, well intentioned rank and file members don’t carry any of this.

    I hope Rudd wins and oversees massive restructuring of the party. I doubt whether anyone else will have the support or the appetite.

  10. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 1, 2013 9:41 am

    …and Robertson is just another hack.

  11. August 1, 2013 9:56 am

    ‘ ‘ The ‘whatever it takes’ ethic is imported from the industrial wing,(+yanks/tory`s) well intentioned rank and file members don’t carry any of this.

    I hope Rudd wins and oversees massive restructuring of the party. I doubt whether anyone else will have the support or the appetite. ‘ ‘

    l can`t believe you said this yomm, l agree,btw. You better watch yourself, your buddy`s might kick your arse clean off the tea-trolly. 🙂

  12. August 1, 2013 10:31 am

    “l can`t believe you said this yomm,”

    I can. Unfortunately ToM, like myself were slammed as “Abbott lovers” by the morons at the cafe and TPS simple because we criticised Gillard…

    It was a lazy conclusion for the Gillard Cheer squad to reach, but then, they are only capable of seeing things simplistically…

  13. August 1, 2013 11:45 am

    as most blogs have different crowds and dynamics, l didn`t refer to what goes on elsewhere, some of us spank the pollies based on the corruption/stupidity they display, (like you, me, dunny, tb, armchair), and then others who only spank one side of politics and go quiet or defend the stupidity of the other side,

    l enjoy our advanced commenter`s that can identify the corruption in the nsw-alp as well as the corruption of fed-Libz and AWB. We should not give-up, but encourage our commenter`s with training-wheels that can only make it half-way.

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 1, 2013 12:54 pm

    Blogs are part of the media, there is no reason to ignore bullshit and stupidity that gets published on them. Particularly the ones that prefer to ban diversity and challenge.

  15. egg permalink
    August 1, 2013 12:57 pm

    Sitting on the fence I can laugh at the folly on both sides.

  16. August 1, 2013 1:07 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ Blogs are part of the media, there is no reason to ignore bullshit and stupidity that gets published on them. Particularly the ones that prefer to ban diversity and challenge. ‘ ‘ ‘

    that describes the Limited-News trollumnist blogs yomm,

    ‘ ‘ ‘ prefer to ban diversity and challenge. ‘ ‘ ‘

    and that`s the moderation policy

  17. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 1, 2013 8:44 pm

    and that`s the moderation policy

    Heavens, who could possibly take issue with a ”moderation policy” that is unwritten and inconsistently or arbitrarily applied, on sites where the biggest whine is the lack of challenge and scrutiny applied by the media?

    730 is always so funny.

  18. August 1, 2013 9:00 pm

    ‘ ‘ who could possibly take issue with a ”moderation policy’ ‘

    it seems you did yomm

    ‘ ‘ ones that prefer to ban diversity and challenge ‘ ‘

    as they do at Limited-News

  19. egg permalink
    August 1, 2013 9:31 pm

    We have been through this before 7.30…. Fairfax supports the left and Nooze the right.

    This is straight forward and acceptable behaviour, unless it affects the news gathering slant. For instance, Fairfax is biased on CC, while News runs both points of view.

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 1, 2013 9:57 pm

    Fascinating 730, News is the most criticised news organisation, but you’re apparently satisfied to use them as the benchmark for comment moderation.

    Very funny as always.

  21. August 2, 2013 5:25 am

    ‘ ‘ Fascinating 730, News is the most criticised Criminal news organisation, but you’re apparently satisfied to use them as the benchmark for comment moderation. ‘ ‘

    ‘ ‘ satisfied to use them as the benchmark for comment moderation. ‘ ‘
    Just stating how it IS yomm. Actually l suspect all so-called news orgs would `do-better` reporting quality news, not moderating comments and they would `all` probably be better off ditching the comments instead of being pale imitations of Crikey.

  22. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 6:29 am

    We need news gathering organizations which follow their own code of ethics. All the blog sites in the world will not perform this role. It takes people and money not someone at the kitchen table in their pajamas.
    Our news is distorted and biased. Distorted in favour of the entertainment element. Much political reporting is both biased and distorted.
    Mainstream media is struggling to find a new business model. I believe one can attribute the preponderance of celebrity ‘journalism’ and an obsession with polls with attempts to find new readers.
    News and commentary is blurred. Story placement and prominence can indicate bias. There appears to be no time and or willingness to place political stories within context and history.
    Individuals can be pursued unmercifully. Not only Julia Gillard. Just look at what is happening to James at the moment.
    I have no interest in sport but I find it mighty unsettling that media organizations can be running innuendo, gossip, and calling on various other football identities to stand down before the inquiry hands down its findings.
    Getting back to politics….
    Some sections of the media have been so supportive of TA that I fear what would happen if he gets in. Will we receive the same unquestioning and supportive coverage of anything an Abbott govt wants to do.

  23. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 6:30 am

    Correction: Should read James Hird

  24. egg permalink
    August 2, 2013 7:25 am

    If you read Fairfax and watch aunty then you will see ‘our news is distorted and biased.’

  25. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 8:18 am

    Straight facts from anyone is what I require Egg. Plain fare. No seasoning unless it is well away from the news pages and clearly labelled. And not too much of it either.

  26. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 8:45 am

    Another thing which is happening falls into the category of carelessness but could have the effect of bias. More and more I hear news stories, on the radio mostly, since I rarely read newspapers these days apart from an odd glance on line, quote media releases without attribution. For example there was a report yesterday on the ABC about asylum seekers being sent to Manus. The govt line was presented. Full stop. No ‘minister said’, no ‘according to the minister’, no ‘government spokesman said’ no ‘the government is claiming’.

  27. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 8:48 am

    Good example of news seasoned with commentary in today’s Daily Tele. Headline reads: Rudd plotting to steal Aussie savings’. Labelled News too.

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 2, 2013 9:16 am

    ‘at the kitchen table in their pajamas’

    I’m in an office, wearing a nice suit!

    But it is clear that the print media is in steep decline, and can’t figure out a role. There’s so much free information, and sites like this where anyone can get on their soapbox.

    I’d prefer to see much more media diversity and I think we are observing this with The Guardian etc.

    Personally, I don’t think people’s opinions are easily manipulated.

  29. August 2, 2013 9:24 am

    l couldn`t agree more Dianne. The good news is it won`t be able to go on for that much longer. Now that the-Oz is divorced from fox-entertainment, it will have to stand on it`s merit and won`t get away with being a $25-million basket-case. The-oz drives most of the spite within the Journosphere. lf AFL-media kick on, the Hun may follow the-oz. Fairfox is also a basket-case that will continue to require Gina`s nipple, or starve to death. Over at my ABC, they should remove themselves from the tit-for-tats with private-media, and stop allowing Limited-News to drag it around by the nose, but the folks at my ABC aint bright enough to realize that Limited-News is no-longer Australia`s largest media org, Facebook is.

  30. August 2, 2013 9:51 am

    I tend to agree with both Dianne & YomM (apart from the bit about wearing a suit!…those are non-productive).

    I think most people seek out information which confirms their existing bias. Although, I concede that sustained misinformation from what are generally seen to be ‘trusted’ sources in the msm has the likely effect of mis-shaping public opinion into editorial directive.

    Also, if facebook is Oz’s largest media org, consider me disturbed! 😯

  31. August 2, 2013 10:05 am

    yomm_ ‘ ‘ the print media is in steep decline, and can’t figure out a role. ‘ ‘
    *agree*
    *
    ‘ ‘ There’s so much free information ‘ ‘
    *disagree*

    The hard data is locked-up behind paywalls, eg court transcripts

    or `access` to judges, ministers, politicians, police is not available to the public for interview (email_maybe)

    journalists/troll-media fail to use their strength of access to hard data,

    instead they run with the `weakness` of competing with every citizen-blog, tweet or facebook comment in the `opinion` stakes

  32. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:07 am

    Tom. I know you are a dandy with a fine wardrobe. I will risk an attack by SB by asserting yet again that I think people en masse are very capable of being manipulated. 7.30, agree MSM are in strife but who will do the news gathering for the rest of us to comment upon. I Agree with Toilet by and large.

  33. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:10 am

    Interesting to note that when there is an actual hacking scandal in Australia there is far less frothing from the left if the guilty parties are Fairfax journalists. There was enough hyperventilating about guilt by association when an overseas News Corp paper was involved, but not so much when a leftist organ like the Age was shitting in our own back yard. Any calls for an inquiry? No, I can’t hear a fucking thing from the usual suspects. Still, stinking hypocrisy is just business as usual for many on the left.

  34. August 2, 2013 10:13 am

    dunny_ ‘ ‘ I think most people seek out information which confirms their existing bias.’ ‘
    l don`t know which `type` of info you are talking about here.
    When it comes to `political` info, the vast majority of consumers are `passive` consumers, passive means they just consume what comes to them via tv, radio or paper. They are not `pro-active`. The confirmation bias kicks in with the pro-active rusted-ons, a much, much smaller demographic.

  35. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:16 am

    “I will risk an attack by SB by asserting yet again that I think people en masse are very capable of being manipulated.”

    Attack?? Pointing out the repulsive paternalism behind such sentiments is hardly an attack! Not to mention the fact that that point of view is often a precursor to calls for regulation of the press which is in and of itself anti-democratic.

    Now an “attack” would be much more vitriolic, but I would never do that, Dianne.

  36. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:17 am

    7.30 I think your view fits perfectly with what T says.

  37. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:20 am

    I hope not SB.spare me your vitriol. There would have been no talk of regulation if media followed its own code of ethics.

  38. August 2, 2013 10:27 am

    splatter, your (actual hacking scandal) link didn`t work, l think you were still logged into your google/chrome account

  39. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2013 10:50 am

    “There would have been no talk of regulation if media followed its own code of ethics.”

    The hysteria that lead to Finkelfuckwit’s Report was fueled by the UK News Ltd scandal. Now that we have actual proven hacking in Australia, from the left I hear …… nothing.

    Sorry about the broken link. Try this: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/the-age-journalists-royce-millar-nick-mckenzie-and-ben-schneiders-admit-to-illegally-accessing-alp-electoral-database/story-fni0fee2-1226689435551

  40. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 11:13 am

    Yes SB. Few argue from principle anymore

  41. egg permalink
    August 2, 2013 11:13 am

    ‘Although, I concede that sustained misinformation from what are generally seen to be ‘trusted’ sources in the msm has the likely effect of mis-shaping public opinion into editorial directive.’

    Totally agree and I’ll draw your attention to the Australian Brainwashing Corporation on atmospherics. Its a disgrace.

  42. August 2, 2013 11:16 am

    HA HA Splatter. The `hate` media are reporting that a tree-hugger and Gina`s minions hacked the ALP data-base. The irony all round.

  43. August 2, 2013 11:36 am

    I wasn’t aware of the hacking you describe, splatter.

    It stands condemned.

    I hate how principle gets sacrificed for the ‘good of the team’, such complicity is morally bankrupt.

  44. August 2, 2013 12:50 pm

    @ Thanks Ricky Pann
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/06/04/mayne-arbib-the-latest-in-a-long-line-of-plum-post-ministerial-posts/?wpmp_switcher=mobile&wpmp_tp=0
    Mayne explains the kick-backs pollies are getting off big-biz.

  45. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 12:51 pm

    I agree Toilet.

  46. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 2, 2013 1:15 pm

    “I wasn’t aware of the hacking you describe”

    It doesn’t seem to have been prominently featured on the ABC or Fairfax websites. Why could that be, I wonder? Maybe they are so outraged they are preparing an in-depth piece, screaming for inquiries and mocking the slap-on-the-wrist penalties that have been handed out.

  47. August 2, 2013 1:33 pm

    splatter_ ‘ ‘ It doesn’t seem to have been prominently featured on the ABC ‘ ‘
    don`t worry splatter, it is probably in the can for mediawatch
    *
    ‘ ‘ or Fairfax websites ‘ ‘
    well that`s no surprise, Limited-News try and hide their many fcuk-ups and bullshit too

  48. August 2, 2013 3:14 pm

    “It doesn’t seem to have been prominently featured on the ABC or Fairfax websites.”

    I don’t visit either of those.

  49. Dianne permalink
    August 2, 2013 3:25 pm

    Who would when the net offers the delights of the London Review of books and it’s New York counterpart, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair.

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