"For years before he left New South Wales Parliament in mid-2011, Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid entered ''not applicable'' in the section of his pecuniary interest declaration asking whether he had received income from a trust. But the accuracy of those declarations are being queried following sensational revelations in a corruption inquiry this week about the millions of dollars that have flowed through six Obeid family trusts, including millions that came to the Obeid family as proceeds from an allegedly corrupt government tender.
"That the register of pecuniary interests be established as an electronic database that can be accessed via the internet by Members of parliament and members of the public."
(As Sean Nicholls reports today, Labor opposition leader John Robertson didn't get far in proposing to his colleagues that second jobs for parliamentarians should be banned and interest disclosures should extend to spouse interests as well. Really.)