Fraudster engineer linked with big Australian projects

The man who faked his engineering credentials and oversaw construction of the CTV building in which 115 people died when it collapsed in last year's Christchurch earthquake has been linked with dozens of high-profile Australian projects. Brisbane man Gerald Morton Shirtcliff, 67, spent 25 years masquerading as an English engineer, William Anthony Fisher, with whom he worked in South Africa. On Channel Nine's 60 Minutes last night, the New Zealander was revealed to have worked on projects such as the Kings Cross ''Coke'' sign building. He also claimed to have had key roles in buildings at Victoria's Loy Yang power station, as well as being a senior engineer behind the 81-metre Parliament House flagpole in Canberra, the program suggested.

Benjamin Millar

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