Free Eddie Obeid from Prison
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Edward (Eddie) Moses Obeid's Timeline - This is a reflection on Eddie's dedication to his Family, Friends & to people in general.
25th October 1943 – Edward Moses Obeid was born
Age 6 – Edward and his family migrated to Australia settling in Redfern
- Lebanese Maronite Catholic faith, Edward served his church at a young age as an altar boy
1965 – Edward Moses Obeid marries his wife Judith Obeid
- Father of 9 children, grandfather of 31 grandchildren
1972 – Aged 29, Edward Moses Obeid joined the NSW Labor Party
Edward Moses Obeid held a range of voluntary roles including:
- 1980 - 1982 | Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
- 1981 - 1985 | Part-time Commissioner of the Ethnic Affairs Commission
- 1981 – 1986 | Vice-President Ethnic Press Association of Australia
- 1983 – 1986 | Director of the Western Suburbs Hospital Board (sic)
- 1985 – 1988 | Board of Governors of the Law Foundation of New South Wales
- Dec 1990 | Led Australian-Lebanese hostage negotiation mission to Iraq
- Patron, Australian Lebanese Christian Federation
- 1984 | Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to ethnic welfare
** The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.
1991 - Elected to the Legislative Council
8th April 1999 | Minister for Fisheries
8 April 1999 | Minister for Mineral Resources
More recently - it is said that a Nine News reporter contacted Mr Eddie Obeid to help the 60 Minutes crew caught up in the Lebanon Kidnapping Saga. It is said that he was contacted to help lobby their release.
I do not know the particulars but the Eddie i know would have called and done everything he could to help. In fact he would do the same for any Australian, friend or not.
60 minute crew are home safe.
Eddie Obeid is not my family, he is not my business partner
but Eddie Obeid is my friend.
Eddie has changed the course of many peoples lives including my own and the majority of people will think i am bias however i always believe there are two sides to the story.
The biggest problem here is the media. They showcase the bad extremely well - but what about the good?
This media witch hunt has been going on for far too long and the personal vendetta that Kate McClymont has against Eddie has fuelled an unnecessary fire.
The imprisonment of Eddie Obeid is a disgrace, it's a disgrace to the NSW justice system and it's a disgrace to the Lebanese community.
A successful Lebanese politician was just to much for some and i'm calling discrimination. Do we remember the Barry O'Farrell wine debacle? Where is he now? - Mumbai according to his latest tweet - why not Jail? Could it be that Barry was born in Australia and not Lebanon? Had he been Lebanese, Greek, Syrian or Italian, could that $3,000 bottle of wine landed him in Jail?
What about Bronwyn Bishop?
The truth is discrimination is highly prominent here in Australia, it happens all to often and the government is the worst offender. There has been far too many cases that discrimination is such a big day to day problem.
Eddie Obeid is an honest, caring, loving and hardworking man - he doesn't deserve this harsh punishment.
We call all Australian's to research before you comment, speak without bias, don't listen to media reports and then join us to help Free Eddie Obeid.
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