The construction industry in Australia has been rocked by news of police raids on several properties around the country regarding what is alleged to be a sophisticated money laundering syndicate that exploits illegal workers and is believed to have links to the building sector.

A number of properties in Western Australia and Victoria have been raided over the past week as part of a four-year investigation into what is believed to be an international syndicate involved in primary produce, construction and the entertainment industry (including nightclubs and karaoke bars), according to media reports, with…