For Truth is the story of Brisbane’s so-called
infamous Mafia Don, Antonio Bellino, named by the Fitzgerald Inquiry
as one of five people of interest who were allegedly involved in corrupting
the Queensland Police Force.
On 12 May 1987,
Antonio was accused of involvement in:
drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, corrupting police, sly grog,
kidnapping children, Mafia connections and smuggling birds
overseas. Antonio was flabbergasted, "Are you serious?
Even Capone didn’t do all these things!"
The Fitzgerald Inquiry took two and a half years to complete. Antonio
was never charged and is still waiting for his name to be cleared.
Prior to the media maelstrom generated by the Fitzgerald Inquiry,
Antonio was well known as a family man and a charismatic,
high-flying, wealthy, big-time nightclub operator whose major
weakness was his generosity.
Antonio Bellino’s story is powerful as it is starkly relevant
to this day. It is sometimes amusing, often violent, it highlights
some of this country’s double standards of race priority and
tall poppy successes as well as the age old injustice of 'guilt by