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In 1979, anti-corruption campaigner, John Hatton MLA, described the Bob Askin years:
- "Under the Askin government ... the real penetration of Australian crime by overseas mobsters, gangsters and the mafia took place. The shopfront gambling and rackets came of age ... I have no doubt that Askin and Police Commissioner Hanson knew of and may have encouraged those activities. One is prompted to ask, were they involved, and to what extent?"