2 August 2013

An investment banker turned star witness at the New South Wales ICAC inquiry has today spoken out for the first time about conducting business Eddie Obeid style.

Gardner Brook, a former Lehman Brothers investment banker, gave critical evidence at the inquiry which uncovered a series of mining licence deals that stood to reap more than $450 million in profits for some of the wealthiest businessmen in the country, including $100 million for former Labor powerbroker, Eddie Obeid.

This week’s report by the ICAC recommended charges be laid against the former state minister at the centre of the scandal, as well as Eddie Obeid and his son Moses.

Gardner Brook spoke exclusively to AM’s Deborah Cornwall.

GARDNER BROOK: I felt sickened when I watched the interview with Eddie Obeid talking about the impact on his family.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: Can you describe what it was like working in the Obeid camp?

GARDNER BROOK: I wasn’t so much working in their camp. I was very much removed from the inner circle.

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2 August 2013