By the late 1980s Phil Dickie was recognised as one of Australia's leading investigative journalists in the field of organised crime and corruption. He went on to conduct innovative research into organised crime for four years.
What made him so effective was his capacity to blend the devastating detail into a good yarn . . .
Civilising the sex trade From colonial mayhem to institutionalised corruption, Queensland has tried a variety of ways to regulate the sex trade. Now some of it is legal. More>>
Prostitution after Fitzgerald Prostitution law reform take one didn't work, and you can see why in this rare detailed series published in the Courier-Mail in August 1994. More>>
The Fitz lowdown for Victorians The appointment of Tony Fitzgerald to look into an aspect of Victorian police affairs rekindled interest in the Fitzgerald mode of inquiry. Phil... More>>
The Myth in the Mafia For a short period, the letter bomb looked like joining the shotgun, the knife and the marijuana leaf as a potent symbol of Australia's long struggle... More>>
Moonlighting as a criminologist While working on reforming a broken police force and a disfunctional criminal justice system at the Criminal Justice Commission Phil Dickie found himself researching crime and corruption at a far deeper level than is usually allowed in journalism. Never having been formally trained in criminology he took a very original, but often quite applauded approach More>>