The Griffith University - Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund has been established to contribute to our future democratic balance.
Maintenance of this democratic balance requires constant vigilance and the confidence to speak out. Reform must keep pace with our evolving political landscape. We have created a dedicated ongoing scholarship fund that will support future practitioners and researchers who wish to focus their study upon issues of vulnerability and challenge that will contribute to the Fitzgerald Report's legacy of reform.
The Griffith University - Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund supports a Doctor of Philosophy student to conduct a three year research project that reflects the ethos of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, drawn from areas including criminology, journalism, law, political science, and public administration.
The prestigious scholarship contributes to the capacity of our future practitioners and researchers to maintain the Fitzgerald vision - to keep Parliament in its rightful place at the centre of the democratic system but with the law, community and media entrusted with an active role to keep the system honest and open.
The 2013 scholarship holder is Peter Hosking.
Peter's research is focused on police vehicular pursuits, potentially one of the most dangerous operational activities in which officers can be involved in, and the resistance towards policies which restrict officers' discretion in engaging in pursuits.
Peter is part of the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security "Integrity Systems - Use of Force" project team, with extensive experience as a former Police Inspector with 29 years' service.
The 2011 scholarship holder is Marni Manning.
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice postgraduate student Marni Manning received a welcome hand in completing her PhD when she was awarded the $30,000 2011 Tony Fitzgerald scholarship.
Marni, who completed a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in 1998, said she had a special interest in, and knowledge of, the Fitzgerald Inquiry which made receiving the scholarship more special.
"Being awarded a scholarship linked to the Fitzgerald Inquiry and administered by Griffith University's crime and criminal justice area represents a personal and professional highlight for me."
Marni's thesis, "Building Misconduct Resistance in Plain Clothes Investigative Areas: a Case for Contextualised Reform", explores the corruption and misconduct within plain clothes, specialist investigative and detective areas.
"The research will closely examine this sub-group of police and will aim to form a collective knowledge on policing misconduct and to propose strategies that will build resistance to this kind of misconduct and corruption," she said.
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