The guilty verdict awarded against former New South Wales Labour Party power broker Eddie Obeid last June and his subsequent five-year jail sentence has been a welcome victory for the state’s anti-corruption body, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Following an ICAC investigation, the Supreme Court sentenced Obeid over his failure to disclose his family’s business interests in café leases at Sydney’s Circular Quay whilst lobbying a senior bureaucrat about the rights of waterfront retailers in 2007 when he was a member of the NSW Upper House. ICAC had…