The Calabrian Mafia has infiltrated Australian politics at both state and federal levels by ingratiating itself with individual party donors and members of Parliament, according to confidential police reports.
The reports also detail “loopholes” in the political donation system, and say the long-running failure by government to reform it exposes Australian politicians to “potential corruption”.
The violent and powerful group known as the Honoured Society, which has extended its networks from Italy and across the world, has gained access to the very highest office bearers in Australia. In one case, a lobbying and donations campaign was aimed at securing a visa for a crime boss later jailed for drug trafficking and implicated in a murder plot.
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