Kingaroy's strong ties to Fitzgerald Inquiry
ON MAY 12, 1987, Queensland Premier, Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen was considering an attempt to mount a campaign to become the Prime Minister of Australia.
Little did he know what was to unfold over the next two years.
At the time, the acting Queensland premier was Mike Gunn.
Following allegations of police corruption aired on the ABC's Four Corners program the previous night, Mr Gunn announced that he would call for an inquiry into the ongoing allegations.
Thus began the infamous Fitzgerald Inquiry.
What transpired over the next two years was a tremendous fall from grace for a number of political and police leaders.
The eagerly awaited Fitzgerald Report was formally handed down on Monday, July 3, 1989.
To commemorate the 30-year-anniversary of the report, Kingaroy is hosting an event at the South Burnett Regional Council Town Hall reception room.
Guest presenters at the event will be former special branch police officer and Kingaroy resident, Barry Krosch, who spent time as Tony Fitzgerald's bodyguard during the inquiry.
The other speaker is an expert in the field of policing and security intelligence, Prof Mark Finnane from Griffith University.
The speakers will reveal some of the previously unknown events during the inquiry as well as a few of the lighter moments during the extremely turbulent period in our political, administrative and policing history.
The 30-year-anniversary event of the Fitzgerald inquiry will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at the Town Hall reception room in Kingaroy.
Attendees are invited to arrive at 10am for a 10.30am start.
Which coincidentally, is 30 years to the minute that the report was handed down.
At approximately 12pm, the session will conclude with a panel session or informal discussion over light refreshments.
Phone Kingaroy Library to book your spot 4189 9256.