Labor Party shows Obeid and Macdonald the door

Former New South Wales government ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald have been expelled from the Labor Party.

State Opposition leader John Robertson has announced both have been debarred for bringing the party into disrepute.

The disgraced former ministers were at the centre of recent Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiries.

The watchdog has been investigating whether former mining minister Macdonald rigged a 2008 tender process, granting an exploration licence over land held by the Obeid family.

In a separate case, also involving Macdonald, the ICAC has been digging into the details surrounding another coal exploration licence and the approval of a training mine in which ex-union boss John Maitland and a number of other entrepreneurs were party to.

After over six months of evidence, hundreds of witnesses, and some explosive revelations the ICAC inquiry has wound up with a decision expected to be handed down in July.

Robertson today said while the ICAC’s revelations has had everyone on the edge of their seats, state politics’ debates have been gathering dust, the ABC reports.

Robertson said he is hoping that will now change.

"Both these individuals have now been expelled from the party and the processes are concluded," he said.

"What either of them may seek to do is a matter for them.

"My responsibility is to make sure that I clean up this show."

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