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The 2001 Italian expatriate vote: Was it worth it?

A view from the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college

Bruno Mascitelli, Rory Steele and Simone Battiston

This book examines the implementation and consequences of the Italian expatriate vote and representation introduced in 2001 in the external electoral colleges with special attention to the Electoral College known as Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica. The Italian elections of 2006, 2008 and 2013 were important moments where the expatriate vote was expressed providing results which Italian lawmakers may have not anticipated. Moreover, the electoral expressions of the external colleges were not always in accord with Italians ones. This study examines how the stakeholders in the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college understood and perceived this voting and representation facility after its implementation. What they thought in 2001 and what they think now. The study seeks the views of focus groups across numerous cities in Australia, interviews the protagonists and provides critical commentary on the future of this «right» and whether all this effort «was worth it» in providing Italians abroad with external voting and representation in elections and referendums.

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APPENDICES 1. Letters by Franca Arena to Corriere della Sera In this first part of the appendices we include a handful of letters by Franca Arena on the topic of Italian expatriate voting which were pub- lished in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera from 1997 to 2012. In particular one letter was published in the special column of Indro Montanelli’s ‘La Stanza di Montanelli’ and four letters in the replies provided by distinguished former diplomat Sergio Romano’s ‘Lettere al Corriere’. The letters and ensuing replies are herein reproduced in the original Italian language. Voto per gli italiani all’estero: che male fa? (24 March 1997) Caro Montanelli, emigrata in Australia a 21 anni, sono la prima donna di origine italiana ad essere stata eletta, nel 1981, in un Parlamento australiano, del quale faccio tuttora parte. Durante 40 anni di vita australiana, ho seguito la comunità italo-australiana, di cui sono portavoce presso le autorità locali. Alla luce della mia esperienza, vorrei recare il mio contributo alla controversa questione della concessione del diritto di voto, da esercitare nel Paese di residenza, ai cosiddetti “italiani all'estero”. Le collettività di origine italiana in Australia e nelle Americhe sono composte, a differenza di quanto avviene in Europa, da elementi che, nati in Italia, vivono all'estero da 30 o 40 anni e dai loro discendenti, nati e vissuti all'estero. Gli appartenenti a questa collettività non hanno più contatti stretti con l'Italia: la seconda generazione parla poco e male l'italiano e ha pochi interessi per la vita...

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