Former NSW premier Iemma takes stand at corruption inquiry

FORMER senior New South Wales Labor figure Eddie Obeid approached then-Premier Morris Iemma to help sort out a dispute involving a company at the centre of a corruption probe.

The revelation was made during hearings of the Independent Commission Against Corruptions latest investigation, into Australian Water Holdings and its dealings, Sydney on Monday.

Mr Iemma told the inquiry that Obeid had phoned him in 2008 to tell him Sydney Water was obstructing the AWH in a joint project, ABC has reported.

He said he referred the matter to the NSW treasurer and did not know Obeid held a stake in the company at the time.

The inquiry continues, with Senator Arthur Sinodinos, a former AWH director who last week resigned his ministerial post due to the inquiry, expected to give evidence later this week.

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