Mob lawyer and political fixer Joe "Pino" Acquaro was gunned down outside his café earlier this week on a Melbourne street in an apparent hit by the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia, and now "Italy's most senior anti-Mafia prosecutors have slammed Australia's policing of Calabrian organised crime as 'inadequate' . . .and warned that local authorities must do more or lose the fight against the secretive crime organization" as reported by The Age. Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, Franco Roberti, said the following:
"Gunning down a professional, a lawyer like Acquaro, sends the strongest message to Australians that the Mafia is particularly strong there. I don't believe the authorities fully realise how dangerous this phenomenon is, and how widespread Italian organised crime is there."
The drug-trafficking 'Ndrangheta has operated for decades down under but due to pervasive corruption the Australian authorities have ignored their degenerate problem. A newspaper investigation last year uncovered allegations that the Calabrian Mafia is financing both Liberal and Labor politicians through "a number of well-known party donors to put a 'legitimate public face' on its activities" as reported by ABC. In 1991 the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence reported that Mafia members or their relatives "have achieved a high degree of influence with, and even infiltrated, federal and state government departments, the judiciary and various law enforcement bodies."
The new book Evil Life by former cop Clive Small and reporter Tom Gilling recounts the 'Ndrangheta history in Australia from the 1920s to its current control over the country's drug trade as reported by Candace Sutton for the Daily Mail: "'[To this day] the 31 Calabrian mafia families across Australia report to five families in Calabria, which are really nine families integrated by marriage,' Clive Small told Daily Mail Australia about the new facts he reveals in his book."
Further reading that may be of interest: