30 YEARS ON: Former special branch police officer and Tony Fitzgerald bodyguard, Barry Krosch presents at Kingaroy's Fitzgerald inquiry event.
30 YEARS ON: Former special branch police officer and Tony Fitzgerald bodyguard, Barry Krosch presents at Kingaroy's Fitzgerald inquiry event. Matt Collins

Fitzgerald Inquiry still 'raw' 30 years on

'QUEENSLAND had never seen anything like this before.'

It has been 30 years since the findings of former judge, Tony Fitzgerald's inquiry into police corruption were handed to the then Queensland premier, Mike Ahern.

A man who was closer to the action than the majority, was former special branch police officer and Kingaroy resident, Barry Krosch.

At a special 30-year commemorative event, Mr Krosch gave an entertaining and informative presentation to a packed room at the Kingaroy Town Hall reception room.

"The Fitzgerald Inquiry was one of the most turbulent periods in this state's history,” he said.

"There seemed to be some sort of drama or bombshell every day there for a couple of years.

"The inquiry is still very raw in the minds of some Queenslanders.”

Joining Mr Krosch at the Kingaroy event, which coincidentally, was the only Queensland town holding a commemorative event outside of Brisbane, was Professor Mark Kinnane.

30 YEARS ON: Professor Mark Kinnane and special branch police officer, Barry Krosch present at the Fitzgerald Inquiry commemorative event in Kingaroy.
30 YEARS ON: Professor Mark Kinnane and special branch police officer, Barry Krosch present at the Fitzgerald Inquiry commemorative event in Kingaroy. Matt Collins

Prof Kinnane is an expert in the field of policing and security intelligence from Griffith University.

"The last 30 years since Fitzgerald I have worked on policing history and criminal justice history,” he said.

"Policing and law enforcement and their links to justice and fairness are really major concerns for me personally and they are really important social issues.”

During the inquiry, Mr Krosch spent time as one of Tony Fitzgerald's personal bodyguards.

"I got a message to work overtime the next day and go out to Fitzgerald's house,” he said.

"Fitzgerald and his family were receiving 24 hour protection. I was living in his house.

"Mrs Fitzgerald was a lovely lady.”

On July 3, 1989, Mr Krosch was involved in officially handing the now infamous Fitzgerald Report to the premier.

"People were quite interested in the revelations made before commissioner Fitzgerald,” he said.

"Queenslanders were eagerly awaiting the handing down of the report pertaining to his findings and recommendations.”

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