Scathing attack on Qld government from corruption tsar Fitzgerald

Tony Fitzgerald, who headed the Fitzgerald inquiry into police corruption in the 1980s, has launched a scathing attack on the LNP government in the wake of several controversies.

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Mr Fitzgerald says he’s reluctant to comment, but in a short statement says he doesn’t expect voters to tolerate what he called the “destructive populism of an irresponsible government for long”.

Queensland’s future is a matter for its voters,” he said. “At the next state election, they will simply need to decide

which party will do the least long-term damage.”

“The LNP’s first term in office has confirmed the critical importance of adequate checks and balances,” Mr Fitzgerald said in the statement.

“The government has already flaunted its disdain for democracy and good governance by attacks on the judiciary and judicial independence, emasculation of the state’s anti-corruption commission and interference with the electoral system.”

He also condemned News Corp publications, accusing them of bias in favour of the government.

He said News Corp, which dominates the local print media, consistently publish biased reports which favour the government.

Mr Fitzgerald says in a short statement the ruling LNP is abusing its power through its huge, unchecked majority and says its first term in office has confirmed the critical importance of adequate checks and balances.

He says Queensland is extremely vulnerable to the misuse and abuse of power, adding that without an effective parliamentary opposition, the checks and balances needed for democracy are missing.