Federal cabinet minister Stephen Conroy denies he has had any first-hand association with the former NSW Labor factional boss Eddie Obeid, who is the subject of a corruption inquiry.

"I've never had so much as a cup of coffee with him," Senator Conroy told ABC radio on Wednesday.

Labor's Senate leader admitted to staying at an apartment owned by Mr Obeid in 2005 or 2006 after two other federal Labor ministers, Tony Burke and Bill Shorten, were named at a NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry on Tuesday.

The same hospitality was extended to other Labor figures, including former NSW premier Morris Iemma, current NSW Labor leader John Robertson and former NSW minister Ian Macdonald, Mr Obeid said.

Mr Shorten denies ever staying at the Obeid family's ski lodge. He said through a spokesman on Tuesday that he had never been to Perisher and cannot ski.

Mr Burke said in a statement that he had stayed twice at a Perisher Valley apartment owned by Mr Obeid.

Senator Conroy says he was a guest of Mr Burke's when he stayed there.

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.




If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net


  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.