Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics
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Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics

Edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour

This multidisciplinary Handbook examines the interactions that develop between organised crime groups and politics across the globe. This exciting original collection highlights the difficulties involved in researching such relationships and shines a new light on how they evolve to become pervasive and destructive. This new Handbook brings together a unique group of international academics from sociology, criminology, political science, anthropology, European and international studies.
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Chapter 22: Australia: organised crime, donations and political assassinations

David A. Bright and Carolien van Ham


This chapter explores the connections between organised crime groups and politics in Australia. There is considerable evidence of intersections between organised crime groups, including mafia groups and ethnic crime gangs, and politics at both state and federal levels in Australia. The interconnections include: (1) assassinations of politicians which have been linked to organised crime groups, especially those involved in drug trafficking; and (2) allegations of mafia ‘fundraising’ for political parties. The chapter analyses the interconnections between organised crime groups and politics in Australia, and locates them within the Australian socio-political context.

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