For years, allegations of war crimes committed in Afghanistan have implicated Australia's elite warriors, including the country’s most decorated veteran. Yet despite an investigation that found “credible evidence” of murder and a threat by the U.S. to suspend defense assistance, the only person facing prison appears to be a whistleblower who exposed the alleged abuses and cover-ups.
In the years preceding Volatabu’s journey home, drug traffickers began increasingly using the South Pacific as a gateway to lucrative markets in Australia and New Zealand. Cocaine detections at Australian borders have increased by 447% in the past decade. Smugglers are also trafficking larger quantities each time.