On September 5, 1994, state Labor politician John Newman was shot dead in the front yard of his home in the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta, resulting in Australia's first political assassination. Since the 1970s, Cabramatta has been a centre for immigrants and refugees from Asian backgrounds, particularly Vietnam, China, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Prior to his assassination, Newman had waged a campaign to combat Asian organised crime (such as the 5T Gang) and fight the corruption that had plagued the Cabramatta area. Newman had been the target of numerous death threats from Asian gangs but did not seek police protection. During the night of September 5, 1994, while outside his Woods Avenue home, he was shot twice and killed. His fiancée Lucy Wang was with him at the time but saw little of what happened due to the swiftness of the murder. A local club owner, Phuong Ngo, who had previously attempted to secure Labor Party pre-selection for the seat of Cabramatta and had run against Newman as an independent in 1991, was convicted of the killing in 2001.