Bob BOTTOM, OAM was educated at Marist Brothers College, Broken Hill but left school aged 15 to become a cadet journalist. Since then he has spent a lifetime investigating and reporting upon organised crime and corruption in Australia, and is the author of seven best-selling books on these topics. His report on organised crime in NSW (1978) was a landmark document of its kind. Since then he has participated in the setting up of the National Crime Authority (1983) and its more recent reformation into the Australian Crime Commission; the establishment of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (1988); and establishment of the Queensland Crime Commission (1998). Most recently he has assisted a Victoria Police Organised Crime Strategy group in tackling Melbourne's gangland warfare.