Tony Fitzgerald QC, author of the history-changing royal commission into Queensland corruption during Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s era, has suffered the fate of public figures who dare to cross the Murdoch media. After criticising the egregious pro-LNP political bias of Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail
and Murdoch-favoured Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Fitzgerald has received a public lashing for his trouble.
splashed a tirade against Fitzgerald on its front page at the weekend:
“Tony Fitzgerald has dramatically shifted from apolitical corruption fighter to partisan commentator, with a savage attack on the Newman Government. In an extraordinary 1169-word tirade, Mr Fitzgerald attacked almost every facet of the LNP administration, from alleged ‘nepotism’ to hospital staff conditions and even its record on protecting the Barrier Reef,"
The front-page illustration was a mock-up of the Fitzgerald Report delivered 25 years ago with the addition of gold-embossed words: “From famed apolitical corruption buster to partisan commentator -- New Fitzgerald Report".