Mr Obeid openly baited New South Wales prosecutors and police this week, daring them to charge him over ICAC findings that he masterminded a series of corrupt deals, one of which was set to reap him and his family up to $100 million of taxpayers’ money.

Deborah Cornwall with this report.

JERROLD CRIPPS: People will start thinking what is the point of this expensive organisation engaged in all this work if nothing seems to happen?

DEBORAH CORNWALL: Former ICAC commissioner Jerrold Cripps QC says New South Wales prosecutors have a long history of failing to pursue corruption cases. A reluctance, he says, that has seen a growing queue of politicians walk free after being flailed in a corruption hearing but still unpunished.