Australian police are digging for the remains of anti-Mafia activist Donald Mackay who was murdered in 1977 by the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia after exposing its marijuana-growing operations around Griffith, New South Wales as reported by Keith Moor for the Herald Sun: "police armed with search warrants and earthmoving equipment began searching a property just west of Hay, New South Wales, after a tip-off that Mr Mackay's body had been dumped there." James Bazley was convicted as the hired shooter but the mob bosses who ordered the assassination never have been charged.
Italian anti-Mafia prosecutor Vincenzo Macri says that the 'Ndrangheta "certainly" is also behind the murders of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989 and federal police officer Geoffrey Bowen in 1994 as reported by Richard Guilliatt for The Australian.
Clive Small, a former Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner and author of Smack Express, has alleged in the past that his country's Labor Party has deep ties to the Calabrian Mafia, and that the crime group "is a more serious problem now than ever before in Australia and that coincides with its growth internationally" as previously reported by Natalie O'Brien for The Australian: "he says the nation's most powerful law enforcement agency, the Australian Crime Commission, has not even admitted the Italian mafia exists," and "governments and all political parties now need to decide whether they do something about this or try and just shoot the messenger."
In recent years the 'Ndrangheta has eclipsed Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia as Italy's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.
The Calabrian Mafia is suspected of backing a breakaway group from Sicilian mobster Vito Rizzuto for control over the drug rackets in Montreal, QB Canada, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years.