Italian police say Mafia so entrenched in Australian politics and business it is impossible to stamp out
Australia is a “state of Italy”
by Charles Miranda
ITALIAN police have carried out a series of raids to smash a Mafia-led operation to smuggle cocaine to Australia that police say godfathers have now divided into six zones for trafficking drugs, extortion and money laundering.
And such is the entrenchment of Mafia links to Australia now, authorities say the country is virtually a state of Italy and it would be impossible to ever wipe out.
Authorities have uncovered a treasure trove of intelligence related to the fearsome Calabrian-based ’ Ndrangheta mafia group and their operations in Australia including members’ infiltration of key areas to assist in their trade, including transport and politics.
The police operation last week with raids on more than a dozen homes in Calabria has seen 14 members of clans linked to ’Ndrangheta arrested and charged with “criminal association linked to international drugs tracking”, namely to Australia and Canada.
One of eight refused bail is a police officer tasked with protection of a port but instead was allegedly providing guidance on evading controls and security for drug shipments.
The case was the culmination of five years of work by the Central Operational Service of the Italian National Police, a specialist Italian police squad from Calabria and the district’s Anti-Mafia Prosecutor’s Office.
Despite the success of arrests and uncovering intelligence on international operations through extensive listening devices, taps and surveillance, it may not assist the overall ’Ndrangheta crime fight in Australia.
Italian police have now classed the mafia in Australia as so entrenched, they believe it would be impossible to stamp out completely with Australian police only able to make busts where they can.
“Australia is not a target nation any more, it’s now like a state of Italy from a criminal perspective,” a senior Italian officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told News Corp Australia.
“They are entrenched in their activities and have been for a long time. They have not got an expansion strategy with your country any more, it’s not expansion, it’s consolidation. Australia, Canada, Belgium, United States, Germany are all countries where these crimes are being consolidated.”
’Ndrangheta work as “strictly a family-based enterprise, affiliation having to be through blood relation”.
According to evidence gathered by authorities, the group had designated six “locales” in Australia for Calabrian-linked mafia, not necessarily by state but by powerbase for extended family support and drug importation markets as well as large-scale construction contracts, paying of backhanders and racketeering. Each locale has its own mob boss that reports directly to Italy
Former WA mayor faces accusations he led mafia cell
Court documents from ongoing proceedings in Italy also show Italian prosecutors allege Tony Vallelonga, who is the former mayor of Stirling in Perth, is the local leader of a mafia cell in Perth.
Court files allege that Mr Vallelonga is responsible for “making the most important decisions, imparting orders or imposing sanctions on other subordinate associates”.
The files allege Mr Vallelonga was concerned about a rival who wanted to start his own cell on Mr Vallelonga’s turf with the approval of Calabrian bosses.
Mr Vallelonga was allegedly recorded in an Italian laundromat recounting a conversation with his competitor where he allegedly said: “As long as I’m alive, you don’t get a locale [local mafia cell] … and that’s that!”
To which his rival responded: “You can’t be the man any more … enough!”
It comes after the prosecutors sought to question Mr Vallelonga over his dealings in Calabria with a notorious mafia boss.
Mr Valleonga has always denied the allegations and in a statement sent to the ABC, Mr Vallelonga’s lawyer said any allegation the former mayor had ever been involved in criminal activity was “completely without any foundation”.
Outside of the political arena, Italian police have identified another Australian allegedly working in Calabria who is part of the influential Alvaro family.
Some members of the family were recently subjects of an international anti-mafia operation when authorities seized tonnes of cocaine and made dozens of arrests.
Confidential Italian and Australian police files state that the Alvaro clan has arms in Australia.
They are allegedly headed by Adelaide construction figure Paul Alvaro, 64, and a New South Wales man.
The pair are among figures around the country, including in Griffith, New South Wales.
A police assessment said the individuals operate as “an executive board of directors” for the Calabrian Mafia.
from Robert J Lee in Cairns
Four thugs of “Pacific islander appearance” have been named by police in relation to a serious “coward punch” attack in Brisbane City’s seedy Fortitude Valley precinct in the early hours of Sunday morning, that has left an 18 year old fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital.
Again native immigrants from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have featured in violent attacks in Queensland. What heroes these islander bastards have become.
Cole Miller, a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club team, was on a night out with a team-mate, during a break from their busy training schedule.
He was due to travel to Adelaide to compete at the national championships on Thursday.
The attack comes as Queensland MPs prepare to vote on legislative changes to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, when Parliament resumes.
The proposed measures include lock-out laws and limiting rapidly consumed drinks, including shots
Recent data released by the federal government shows that these immigrants, by nationality feature well up in the unemployment statistics. It is time to stop any more immigration by these now unwelcome nationalities.
Crime statistics from the Cairns districts shows that any trouble at night spots or public events usually features Pacific Islanders including Maoris. These people seem to think that Australia owes them a living.
On the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, in recent years these troublemakers have been at the forefront of large-scale skirmishes with Aborigines.
Cairns News sincerely hopes the investigating police can find the two thugs, still at large in Brisbane. Two of these grubs were apprehended earlier today, according to police reports.
It is hoped they are placed before a Supreme Court jury of local people who will not be fazed by the pleas of “poor Islander me.”
They should be jailed for 20 years.
HOW LABOR PLANNED THE LIBS’ POLL
From Larry Pickering
Mending a previous Government’s fences is never a popular pastime and Julia Gillard knew that was true when she went on her crazy spending spree. Crumbs, she couldn’t even get through lunch with Hugh Jackman without slipping him a cool $12 million.
If you’re certain to lose an upcoming election at least make sure the incoming government feels plenty of pain. And apportioning pain was about the only thing Gillard was very good at.
Joe Hockey faces an uphill battle to repair the damage purposefully wreaked by Gillard in time for a 2016 election.
The hapless Wayne Swan with his budget “surpluses” and his “pipelines” of foreign investment was just a sop to the true believers.
Even he must have blushed at the list of Gillard’s goodies she forced Abbott to match.
The cruel hoax of the NDIS, the aspirational Gonski, the most expensive UN seat in history and the NBN white elephant, which followed Rudd’s boat policy and his maniacal spending on fending off a GFC spectre, gave Hockey the headache they intended for him.
Polls are starting to reflect the pain of recovering that debt.
What better way to go out for a Labor Government that should never have been? Their victims are the workers they vowed to protect, innocent unemployed youth and insolvent businesses.
Oh well, voters will never blame an Opposition and the Opposition is having a field day pinning the results of their own infidelities on the Government. That’s the way it works.
Despite all of that, it is still confounding as to how an incompetent AWU thug’s personal polling can compare to that of Abbott’s.
There are still fools out there somewhere.