Senator Nino Randazzo On Italian Culture In Australia

Senator Nino Randazzo On Italian Culture In Australia

Executive producer, Alessandro Sorbello interviews senator Nino Randazzo in Brisbane Australia regarding the role of Italian Culture in Australia as part of Italian Week , The official Italian Festival in Brisbane.

Nino Randazzo (born 1932), Italian Australian politician, was born in the Aeolian Islands and emigrated to Australia in 1952. As a young man in Melbourne he was a member of the anti-communist Democratic Labor Party (DLP), and was a parliamentary candidate for the DLP in 1964. He was later editor of the Melbourne Italian-language daily newspaper Il Globo.

Randazzo was elected to the Italian Senate in the 2006 Italian general elections, as an overseas candidate for the centre-left coalition L’Unione (The Union) . He was on the same ticket as Marco Fedi, who was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

In December 2007, investigators into the case of alleged attempts by Silvio Berlusconi to influence RAI stumbled upon evidence that Berlusconi had tried to corrupt Randazzo to cease his support for Prodi’s government.

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In a historic poll that for the first time allowed Italians living abroad to stand for election and vote, Nino Randazzo, a playwright, historian and former editor of Melbourne-based Italian daily Il Globo, last night claimed victory in the Senate seat for the world’s largest electorate. With 152,000 voters, it spans Oceania, Africa, Asia, Antarctica and includes Italian soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The votes of more than 3 million Italians living overseas, including 120,000 in Australia, will be crucial in deciding the winner of Italy’s cliffhanger general election. With final overseas votes yet to be counted, L’Unione was last night on track for a two-seat majority in the Senate, putting the four new overseas representatives in a potentially powerful position.

The knife-edge result showed the centre-left coalition headed by Romano Prodi winning 49.8 per cent of the vote in the 630-seat Chamber of Deputies, or lower house, against 49.7 per cent to the centre-right led by incumbent Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. But the result in the Senate rested upon who wins the remaining six (of 315 senatorial seats) allocated to expatriate candidates.

“I’m very excited,” Mr Randazzo said last night at his Essendon home. “I think it will be challenging, rejuvenating and very rewarding to be able to do something to further the interests of Italians abroad.”