Eddie Obeid.
Eddie Obeid. PAUL MILLER

Obeids fight to keep family business secret

A DAY after their father proclaimed his family's innocence outside his Sydney mansion, Eddie Obeid's sons Moses and Paul were in the Federal Court, fighting to keep business documents out of the hands of the consumer watchdog.

A report arising from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption's inquiry into the influence the Obeids had in the granting of exploration mining licences, drew the attention of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which issued compulsory examination notices earlier this year.

The ACCC wants access to documents as part of its investigations of "cartel conduct" regarding the 2009 tender process conducted by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment for an exploration morning licence over the Mount Penny coal tenement in the Bylong Valley.

The case will return to court on June 16.

Eddie Obeid has described ICAC's interest in his family as a "political witch hunt" and challenged the Director of Public Prosecutions to allow him to have defended himself in court.

NSW Attorney General Brad Hazzard has urged the DPP to turn its attention to the recent corruption findings amid concerns the public with "lose faith" in the ICAC process.

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