"Each year at least $10 billion is laundered in and through Australia. Much of this money is derived from illicit drugs."

Hooked on the limitless profits of the drug trade, organised crime has grown so powerful that it now poses a major threat to Australia’s national security. Clive Small and Tom Gilling show how Australian crime gangs, in partnership with violent international syndicates, have exploited lax law enforcement and corruption on the nation’s waterfront to import narcotics on a vast scale from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

The authors reveal for the first time the corrupt history of Mark Standen, the senior investigator at the New South Wales Crime Commission whose conviction on drug importation charges sparked Australia’s biggest law-enforcement crisis since the Wood royal commission. In the process they expose the cover-ups, strategic blunders and missed opportunities that continue to make Australia a soft target for international drug traffickers.

The Dark Side is a fierce and compelling exposé of organised crime in Australia and Australia’s multi-billion-dollar drug trade. 


Clive Small

Clive Small is a former detective and Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Police. His investigations included the murder of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay, the Nugan Hand bank, the shooting of police officer Michael Drury, the murder of Cabramatta MP John Newman and the backpacker murders which led to Ivan Milat being convicted.

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Tom Gilling

Tom Gilling was born in England in 1961 and emigrated to Australian in 1983.  He is the author of The Sooterkinand Miles McGinty, both of which were shortlisted for major prizes in Australia and chosen by the New York Times as notable books of the year.  Tom is the co-author of Bagman, the posthumous memoir of the corrupt Queensland policeman Jack Herbert.  He lives in Sydney.

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