Mob lawyer and political fixer Joe 'Pino' Acquaro was gunned down outside his Brunswick East cafe in a drive-by shooting as reported by Michael Bachelard for The Sydney Morning Herald:
In recent years, though, Mr Acquaro had developed many enemies in the Mafia. He fell out with senior figures who were one-time clients of his criminal law practice. He had a fist fight with one of them in his shop. His family was estranged from him. Some friends chose other people to spend their time with.
The hit "is just the latest chapter in a long and bloody gangland war that has gripped Melbourne" as reported by Candace Sutton for the Daily Mail.
The 'Ndrangheta from Italy's southern Calabria region controls the European cocaine trade, and further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States.
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: