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Assassination is murder committed through treachery, or killings that target political, religious or social leaders. Assassination attempts go a long way back with politics in human history. In modern times, assassination is associated with political contests and insurgency campaigns. However, assassination attempts from delusional persons are a growing danger.

Political assassination is a rare crime in Australia. To date, there are only two assassination cases on the public record.

John Paul Newman was the first political assassination in Australia. He was a New South Wales legislative assembly member, for the seat of Cabramatta. For years Newman had been trying to break up immigrant-based crime gangs and corruption in his district.

Receiving assassination threats from the gangs, he still didn't seek the protection of police bodyguards. Newman was shot just putside his home. His erstwhile competitor for the district seat, Phuong Ngo, was convicted for ordering the assassination in 2001. Two years later, Phuong Ngo's appeal against his life sentence was denied.

The other assasination targeted Ivens Fran├žois "Toon" Buffett, a popular figure in Australia's External Territory of Norfolk Island. He was the Lands Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Norfolk Island, and previously served a term as Chief Executive.

Buffett was shot dead like Newman, but the assassination was carried out in his office. His son was charged for the crime but was acquitted under an insanity plea, and is now kept in a New South Wales jail hospital.

There are several books available online and in bookstores that relate these assassinations in detail.

Assassination Articles

Top Nsw Policeman Takes On Beirut Killing

AFTER investigating Australia's first political assassination, NSW policeman Nick Kaldas is taking on the political quagmire that is the Middle East.

Della Bosca Will Remain Voiceless Over Evidence In Inquiry On Mp's Murder

JOHN DELLA BOSCA will not be given a chance to challenge the evidence of Reba Meagher that he offered her a murdered MP's seat on the day of the assassination.

Holt's Fate

FOR Australians old enough to remember it, the disappearance of Harold Holt in 1967 from a Victorian beach was up there with the assassination of JFK and the Cuban missile crisis in terms of dramatic events.

Accused's Web Post Urged Assassination Of Bush, Court Told

A MAN facing terrorism charges had written only a few paragraphs of a 102-page document that allegedly incited the assassination of the US President, George Bush, the former US secretary of state, Colin Powell, and the former US secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, and others, a court has been told.

Israel Denies Involvement In Killing Of Syrian General

ISRAEL has denied any involvement in the assassination of a leading Syrian general close to the President, Bashar al-Assad.