NSW Public Sector – allegations concerning Circular Quay retail licences and other matters (Operations Cyrus, Meeka and Cabot)

The ICAC investigated allegations that, between 2000 and 2011, then Member of Parliament (MP), the Hon Edward Obeid MLC, misused his position as an MP to attempt to influence other public officials to exercise their official functions with respect to retail leases at Circular Quay, without disclosing that he, his family or a related entity had an interest in some of those leases. It is also alleged that during the same period, certain public officials improperly exercised their official functions, with respect to retail leases at Circular Quay, to benefit Mr Obeid or his family (Operation Cyrus).

The Commission also investigated allegations that, between 2005 and 2008, Mr Obeid misused his position as an MP to attempt to influence other public officials to make decisions favouring Direct Health Solutions Pty Ltd, without disclosing that he, his family or a related entity had an interest in that company (Operation Meeka).

The Commission also investigated allegations that, between 2007 and 2008, Mr Obeid misused his position as an MP to influence other public officials to exercise their official functions with respect to the review and grant of water licences at Cherrydale Park, without disclosing that he, his family or a related entity had an interest in the licences. It is also alleged that during the same period, certain public officials improperly exercised their official functions with respect to the review and grant of the water licences at Cherrydale Park (Operation Cabot).

In its report on Operations Cabot and Meeka, released on 5 June 2014, the Commission makes corrupt conduct findings against Mr Obeid. In Operation Cabot, the Commission is of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with respect to the prosecution of Mr Obeid for common law criminal offences of misconduct in public office.

In its report on Operation Cyrus, also released on 5 June 2014, the Commission makes corrupt conduct findings against Mr Obeid, the Hon Joseph Tripodi and Steve Dunn. The Commission is of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the DPP with respect to the prosecution of Mr Obeid for common law criminal offences of misconduct in public office.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into the conduct of the Hon Edward Obeid MLC and others concerning Circular Quay Retail Lease Policy - Operation Cyrus View full report
Investigations into the Conduct of the Hon Edward Obeid MLC and others in relation to influencing the granting of water licences and the engagement of Direct Health Solutions - Op Cabot and Meeka View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
Findings of corrupt conduct View findings
Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
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Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
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Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
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Transcripts Transcripts
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Conduct of the Hon Edward Obeid MLC and others concerning Circular Quay retail lease policy View fact sheet
Conduct of the Hon Edward Obeid MLC and others in relation to influencing the granting of water licences and the engagement of Direct Health Solutions View fact sheet
Edward Obeid Sr being prosecuted in regard to misconduct over Circular Quay leases View media release
ICAC finds Edward Obeid Sr corrupt after misusing position as MP over Cherrydale Park water licences and Direct Health Solutions Pty Ltd View media release
ICAC finds the Hon Edward Obeid and the Hon Joseph Tripodi corrupt over Circular Quay retail lease policy View media release
MEDIA ALERT: Public inquiry into alleged attempts by the former Hon Edward Obeid MLC to influence official functions over Circular Quay retail leases, and other matters, starts Monday View media release
Public inquiry into alleged attempts by the former Hon Edward Obeid MLC to influence official functions over Circular Quay retail leases, and other matters View media release
Public notice View public notice
Witness Lists Witness Lists

Witness List - week commencing 25 November 2013

Exhibits Exhibits

Scope and Purpose - Amended 18 November 2013

Section 112 - Operation Cyrus
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