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Title 50 Years Of Four Corners : Your Stories, Our History.

Published Australia : ABC NEWS 24 [broadcaster], 2011 September 18 at 22:00:00.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 streaming video file (59 min. 32 sec.) ; 361983200 bytes
Summary *Nudity* As part of the 50 Years Four Corners celebrations, ABC News 24 will air selected programs from each decade over five weeks. This 1987 episode was a groundbreaking investigation into the Queensland Police Service, detailing its involvement in illegal prostitution and extensive corruption. The day after broadcast, a commission of inquiry was called to look into 'Possible Illegal Activities and Associated Police Misconduct', more famously referred to as the 'Fitzgerald Inquiry'. The commission ran for two years and called up a total of 339 witnesses, ranging from police to business identities, ministers and all the way up to the Queensland Premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen. The Fitzgerald Inquiry in-turn led to a string of prosecutions including the then Police Commissioner, Terry Lewis, on a charge of corruption; the jailing of three Queensland ministers; and a charge of perjury against the Premier, Sir Joh, which was eventually aborted due to a hung jury. For the Four Corners team behind the program, the litigation for the 'Moonlight State' went for a record 13 years. The report remains a seminal program by reporter Chris Masters. PRODUCTION DETAILS Reporter, Chris Masters. Producer, Shaun Hoyt. Executive Producer, Peter Manning. Originally broadcast 11th May, 1987.
Audience Classification NC ACMA.
Other author Olle, Andrew, host.
Masters, Chris, reporter.
Bellino, Geraldo, contributor.
Conte, Vittorio, contributor.
Hapeta, Hector, contributor.
Subject Bjelke-Petersen, Johannes, 1911-2005.
Governmental investigations.
Organized crime -- Political aspects.
Police corruption.
Prostitution -- Law and legislation.
News and Current Affairs.