The highly-anticipated corruption inquiry appearance of former New South Wales mining minister Ian Macdonald continues today in Sydney.

Several people from two packed public galleries shouted at Ian Macdonald as he left the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) building yesterday.

He said nothing as he walked past them.

He spent his first day in the witness box denying allegations he rigged a mining tender process for the benefit of Eddie Obeid and his family.

Ian Macdonald said it was by chance that the Mt Penny tenement was created over land owned by the Obeids in the Bylong Valley, in the state's central west.

He admitted he knew they owned land in the area, but denied creating the tenement with their 'financial benefit' in mind.

The ICAC has previously heard the Obeids and their associates stood to profit $100 million from the allegedly rigged tender.

Ian Macdonald is yet to be questioned about allegations he was also offered millions of dollars worth of kickbacks for projects when he was in parliament.

The Hong Kong resident was in the witness box for about an hour yesterday and could face a tough time today.

As he was leaving, Counsel-Assisting Geoffrey Watson said he had touched on only four of 40 coincidences that will support the allegations against him.


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