Tag Archives: conflict of interest

Global Relevance (Or: The World is Watching)

Just a short piece today. The Australian royal commission is only the second of its kind in the world, the first being that conducted by Ireland. Those here have the benefit of experiences gained during the Irish experiment. One of … Continue reading

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The Star Enquiry, Mark II (Or: Snow White, Cont’d)

Since the first Star enquiry by Ms Furness (now counsel assisting the royal commission) missed so much, a second enquiry had to be held, quickly, to calm obviously widespread public concerns. As reported by The Daily Telegraph (20/5/12), “it was … Continue reading

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Commissioner Fitzgerald (Or: The Pope’s Man), Cont’d

Robert Fitzgerald of the royal commission is described in government and news reports as having close ties with the Catholic Church. He has worked in several positions at Catholic organisations. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic … Continue reading

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Commissioner Fitzgerald (Or: The Pope’s Man)

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald (pictured below) should stand down or be sacked by the Prime Minister from the royal commission because of conflict of interest. According to their website, the Vice President of the Benevolent Society (which runs on a budget … Continue reading

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Commissioner Coate (Or: The Legitimiser)

Jenny Coate (pictured below) is exactly the sort of person you would want to appoint to the royal commission if you wanted to be seen as choosing talented and experienced people. Apparently, she was the first school captain of the … Continue reading

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The Cop (Or: The Newly-Private Citizen)

After two allegedly crooked police commissioners, Frank Bishoff and Terry Lewis, it was a great relief to Queenslanders to have had the benefit of a scrupulously honest cop at the helm for several years. Former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson (pictured … Continue reading

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