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Transnational Veneti

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June-July 2006, no. 282

From Paesani to Global Italians: Veneto migrants in Australia by Loretta Baldassar and Ros Pesman

UWA Press, $29.95 pb, 256 pp

Transnational Veneti

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June-July 2006, no. 282

The 120,000 expatriate Italians living in Australia, all of them newly entitled to vote in the recent election, contributed significantly to the knife-edge defeat of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in April 2006. Before the counting of all such votes in the four electoral regions into which his own government had divided the world, Berlusconi looked to have a one-seat majority. Then the votes of emigrant Italians swung the outcome the other way. For the first time, their say elected six expatriate senators and twelve deputies, including one of each from the Australia/Asia/Africa region – both of whom happen to live in Melbourne.

Judith Armstrong reviews ‘From Paesani to Global Italians: Veneto migrants in Australia’ by Loretta Baldassar and Ros Pesman

From Paesani to Global Italians: Veneto migrants in Australia

by Loretta Baldassar and Ros Pesman

UWA Press, $29.95 pb, 256 pp

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