Just returned from some R & R in my old adopted home of Queensland. Back in the 80’s they used to brag it was the State where the weather was “fine one day, perfect the next” – which is pretty much how you’d also describe corruption in The Sunshine State.
Like the weather, political corruption there seems to stay the same.
Twenty years ago Queenslanders saw the seamy side of their state in a ground breaking Royal Commission of Inquiry into Corruption headed by Tony Fitzgerald QC.
I covered the last 6 months of that Inquiry for the ABC. Day after day cops turned state’s evidence and politicians squealed in what, for a young journo, was the gig of the century.