Life and career
Gerald Edward "Tony" Fitzgerald attended high school at St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe and university at the University of Queensland, where he graduated in 1964 with an LLB and was admitted to the bar that same year. In 1975 he became a QC. Fitzgerald was a judge in the Federal Court of Australia from 25 November 1981 to 30 June 1984.
Fitzgerald presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry into corruption in the Queensland government. He was officially known as the chair of the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland from 1987 to 1989 (see).
He served as the first President of the Court of Appeals Division from 16 December 1991 until his retirement from this court on 30 June 1998 (see).
In July 2009, following the Gordon Nuttall scandal and public criticisms of contemporary governance in Queensland, Fitzgerald revealed his relocation to New South Wales was due in large part to the 1998 election of the Beattie Labor government.