A view from the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college
Preface by Franca Arena xiii
Preface I was invited to write the preface to this book on the clear understand- ing that I have very strongly formulated views on the topic. In addi- tion it was made clear that my approach would present views in a less scholarly format than the rest of the content of this book on Italian ex- patriate voting which has been in existence for more than ten years af- ter the introduction of the legislation allowing voting and representa- tion to Italians abroad. I am not an academic and my views are based on practical experience as a member of the Italian community in Aus- tralia over the last fifty years. In this time I have served in community affairs, as a radio journalist, as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the New South Wales Parliament and as a member of many community organizations. I have taken a strong interest in the issue of Italians overseas voting in the Parliament in Rome - I am opposed to the idea - and I have expressed my views clearly in writing to then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008 and on several occasions to the well-known columnist of the Corriere della Sera, Sergio Romano. I have always objected to the term Italiani all’estero as the term for Italians abroad. Those members of the Italian community who have lived for years in a country like Australia are more appropriately described as Australians of Italian descent. My objections to the voto all’estero (expatriate...
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