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              Dirty Money
               

              Dirty Money (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

              • RRP: $34.99
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              They put the boys into the Anvil mining truck. They came for my dad. I asked them 'where are you taking him?' and they didn't answer. The Australian mining company trucks had come roaring into the African village and disgorged over 100 heavily armed Government soldiers. The rebel...s, protesting at the way the Australian company was mining the Congolese silver and copper without giving anything back to the local community, had already surrendered. But their looting of food and fuel from the Anvil Mining depot at Kilwa could not go unanswered. The Australians flew in the Government troops, loaded them onto their trucks and then stood back while they rounded up the rebellion's 'sympathisers'. We started running but the soldiers caught and searched our belongings, they arrested my dad and two other boys, said Albert Kitanika. The soldiers refused to say where they were taking his father. They took him 50 metres down the road where they shot and stabbed him to death. A United Nations investigation found Mr Kitanika was one of at least 100 people summarily executed in the Government operation in 2004. Afterwards the Australian company issued a press release praising the Government for its rapid response. Asked about its role in transporting the troops, Anvil's chief executive officer Bill Turner said: So what . Mining is a dirty business. This book reveals that the real dirt lies in the boardrooms of some of Australia's biggest companies. The United Nations named Katumba Mwanke, an adviser to Congo President Joseph Kabila, as one of the people responsible for the illegal exploitation of Congo's natural wealth. Anvil Mining put Mr Mwanke on the board of directors for three years. The Australian company has steadfastly refused to sign the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, designed to prevent dodgy deals, and is instead considering a tie-up with British mining company Trafigura, which is responsible for one of the worst pollution scandals in recent history. When d
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              ISBN 9781742750002
              Published AU 1 Nov 2011
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder.The Inside Track on Australia'sRacing Industry

              Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder.The Inside Track on Australia'sRacing Industry (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

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              Dapper horse trainer Les Samba was in Melbourne for the annual yearling sales when he turned down an Italian meal with racing contacts saying: I have got to meet a bloke. Just hours later he was laying dead, in the middle of the road with blood pouring from five bullet wounds to ...his head and body. Racing in Australia has a dark and dangerous underbelly. Powerful people play for high stakes in an industry worth $14 billion a year. And they don't play nicely. Yearling sales are rigged, horses doped, races fixed and taxes dodged by high rolling punters. Every day huge sums of money are made by bookies who don't want to put any of it back into the industry. Meanwhile jockeys starve and sweat themselves to the point of delirium - many dying or suffering permanent injury while racing for as little as $130 a race. Young female jockeys are raped, often by the trainers they work for. Horses suffer terribly too - every year almost half of Australia's racehorses are sent to slaughter in abattoirs fuelling the booming pet food industry. This is the true story every racing fan needs to read. It goes past the glorious image of the Melbourne Cup winner holding his hand aloft to reveal what really goes on in the dark and murky corridors of Australian racing. It tells you about the bent jockeys, cheating trainers, crooked owners and greedy bookies. Everyone wants an angle in racing, this book tells you just how often that means the race is Fixed.
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              ISBN 9781742755151
              Published AU 7 Dec 2012
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder - The Inside Track on Australia's Racing Industry

              Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder - The Inside Track on Australia's Racing Industry (Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

              • RRP: $19.99
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              In this updated version, Matthew Benns takes us back into the murky world of Australian horseracing. Dapper horse trainer Les Samba was in Melbourne for the annual yearling sales when he turned down an Italian meal with racing contacts saying, 'I have to meet a bloke.' Just hours... later he was dead, blood pouring out of five bullet wounds to his head and body. Racing in Australia has a dark and dangerous underbelly. Powerful people play for high stakes in an industry worth $14 billion a year. And they don't play nicely. Yearling sales are rigged, horses doped, races fixed and taxes dodged by high-rolling punters. Every day huge sums of money are made by bookies who don't want to put any of it back into the industry. Meanwhile, jockeys starve themselves to the point of delirium - many suffering permanent injury while racing for as little as $130 a race. Young female jockeys are raped. Horses suffer terribly too - every year almost half of Australia's racehorses are sent to abattoirs to fuel the booming pet-food industry. This is the true story every racing fan needs to read. It goes past the glorious image of Black Caviar winning off twenty-two starts to reveal what really goes on in the murky corridors of Australian racing. It tells you about the bent jockeys, cheating trainers, crooked owners and greedy bookies. Everyone wants an angle in racing - this book tells you just how often that means the race is Fixed.
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              ISBN 9780857983268
              Published AU 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age General Audience
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              When The Bough Breaks: The True Story of Child Killer Kathleen Folbigg
               

              When The Bough Breaks: The True Story of Child Killer Kathleen Folbigg (Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

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              A story of Australia's first female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg, who killed her four children over 10 years. Kathleen was just 25, when she killed her first baby, and she went on to kill three other innocent children. Her husband discovered her diaries and gave police the evi...dence they needed to convict her.
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              ISBN 9781863254236
              Published AU 1 Dec 2003
              Publisher Transworld Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Mistress: The True Stories of Mistresses and their Men
                

              Mistress: The True Stories of Mistresses and their Men (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew; Smyth, Terry

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              What is it that drives a man to risk everything for a Mistress? And why do the women do it? It is a world of scorned wives, rich men and desperate, lonely Mistresses chasing a fantasy while making do with the crumbs that spill from the table. Psychologists and marriage therapists... will offer insight and explanation as it explores the illicit lovers of Australia's rich, famous and powerful through the years. Kerry Packer, Australia's richest man had a string of mistresses. Model Carol Lopes killed herself when he dumped her. Ita Buttrose refuses to discuss their affair. Packer was a serial philanderer and only moved back to his wife Roz and home from the flat of his mistress, gym owner Julie Trethowan, the day before he died. Australia's politicians love a mistress. Bob Hawke had a prolonged love affair with his biographer Blanche d'Alpuget before finally casting aside loyal wife Hazel. Former Liberal leader Sir Billy Snedden died on the job in a Sydney motel room with his lover. He was found wearing only a condom. She considerately called his son Drew to break the sad news, which was OK because it was Drew's ex-girlfriend Wendy. I'm sure the old man went out happy - anyone would be proud to die on the job,o said Drew later, scotching rumours that his father had been cavorting with fashion designer Prue Acton as he died. Post war Labor hero Ben Chifley also died in a hotel room with his secretary and Mistress Phyllis Donnelly - and not his wife Elizabeth. What only came out later was that Chifley had not only been conducting a love affair with Phyllis but also her sister Nell. This book will also reveal the long-term Australian mistress of Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, illustrating once again how the Mistress is defined by the man she takes to bed.
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              ISBN 9781742759197
              Published AU 3 Nov 2014
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age Adults / General
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              The Men Who Killed Qantas
               

              The Men Who Killed Qantas (Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

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              This book is the account of the Qantas story that every airline passenger needs to read: the full and frank history of Australia's national airline - updated with two new chapters It takes you into the boardroom, where golden parachutes are signed off, and onto the hangar floor, ...where engineers battle accounting cuts to keep planes flying safely. It takes you back to the foundation of the airline to disprove the line that Qantas never crashes. This is the warts and all history the Qantas PR department does not want you to read ...but you can bet they'll be reading it too!
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              ISBN 9780857985828
              Published AU 1 Jul 2014
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Kathleen Folbigg: Australia's Worst Female Serial Killer

              Kathleen Folbigg: Australia's Worst Female Serial Killer (Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

              • RRP: $22.99
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              Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura Folbigg died one by one over a 10-year period in similar circumstances - suddenly, unexpectedly and while sleeping. Each was discovered by Kathleen, their mother, who raised the alarm to her husband, Craig, that they were not breathing. When the Fo...lbiggs' marriage fell apart six weeks after the death of their fourth child, Laura, Craig was devastated. It only got worse when he discovered Kathleen's diary in her bedside drawer. Horrified at his wife's ramblings about losing control with the children, her 'terrible thoughts' and her fears she was her 'father's daughter', he took the diary to the police. The diary was the crucial evidence Detective Bernie Ryan had been searching for to confirm his suspicions that the babies had been murdered. With his career and credibility on the line, he made the decision to charge Kathleen Folbigg with the murder of her four innocent babies. No one who knew Kathleen could believe she had murdered her own children. Yet few knew of her tragic past - the fact that her own father had stabbed her mother to death four decades earlier. In this book, Benns exposes the secret life of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, a woman jailed for the unthinkable crime of killing her own children. It raises important issues about parents who do not feel emotionally attached to their children and about the diagnosis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as a cause of death.
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              ISBN 9781760896690
              Published AU 3 Dec 2019
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
               

              Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

              • RRP: $32.99
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              • Internationally sourced

              A highly entertaining, scurrilous and fascinating book on Australian con men (and women) all the way from the First Fleet to the present day. There are con men you fear and con men you hate and con men with amazing stories who end up lying in the gutter in front of their young so...n with a bullet in the back of the head - like property developer Michael McGurk. There are even the con artists you cannot help but give a cheer for, like 23-year-old Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, who out-conned Nigerian scammers by pocketing the money they had arranged for her to 'mind' in an Aussie bank account. This book will tell their stories, going right back to the first con men on the First Fleet and the scammers and dodgy dealers through Australian history. This is a true crime book that will have readers gasping in disbelief at the sheer effrontery of these Aussie crooks and amazed at the gullibility of their victims. Con artists often revel in the image of a larrikin but this book will push beneath the veneer to delve into the true nature of the evil these people do and the long lasting damage, emotional and financial, suffered by their victims. It has a cast of famous names and a guaranteed run in newspapers and magazines with several of the stories - such as John Victor Sparrow - being exclusively revealed in Australia in this book for the first time.
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              ISBN 9781460750827
              Published AU 19 Jun 2017
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
                

              Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

              By Benns, Matthew

              • RRP: $49.99
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              A highly entertaining, scurrilous and fascinating book on Australian con men (and women) and all their dirty, devious tricks. There are con men you fear and con men you hate, and con men with amazing stories who take your breath away with their dirty tricks and sheer brazen effon...tery. How do they get away with it?Written by bestselling author Matthew Benns, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a rollicking rollcall of all the worst and most outrageous scammers and dodgy dealers, a true crime book that will have readers gasping in disbelief at the sheer effrontery of these Aussie crooks and amazed at the gullibility of their victims. Con artists often revel in the image of a larrikin but this book will push beneath the veneer to delve into the true nature of the evil these people do and the long lasting damage, emotional and financial, suffered by their victims.
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              ISBN 9781525254048
              Released AU 20 Jul 2017
              Publisher Readhowyouwant
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
                

              Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

              By Benns, Matthew

              • RRP: $49.99
              • $49.99
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              A highly entertaining, scurrilous and fascinating book on Australian con men (and women) and all their dirty, devious tricks. There are con men you fear and.....

              ISBN 9781525253867
              Released AU 20 Jul 2017
              Publisher Readhowyouwant
              Interest Age General Audience
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