Politics
Current affairs

The Italian from Hong Kong who, if elected, could change the image of Italians abroad

Angelo Paratico, running for the Senate in the centre-right coalition formed by the parties known as Forza Italia, Lega and Fratelli d’Italia

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24/2/2018

Chefs
Food & wine

Stranger in Paradise

Every day at dawn, thirty-two year old Domenico De Marco gets on his racing bike and rides it through the beautiful parkland surrounding Hepburn Springs, a lovely country town famous for its mineral springs, 128 km north-west of Melbourne.

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31/8/2017

News
Current affairs

The Sardinian Cultural Association celebrates its 30th anniversary

The Sardinian Cultural Association (SCA) of Melbourne has just turned 30 years old and is set to achieve further goals in fostering the cultural well-being of the Sardinian immigrants−including their children and grandchildren−and their ties with their original homeland.

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30/10/2017

News
Current affairs

The "fair go" spirit of a young Italian who created a dynamic community organisation in Western Australia

Carlo Guaia, a third year Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Western Australia, is a staunch believer in the “fair go” spirit of Australia. For a growing number of people such spirit is long dead and gone but not for him who has put it into practice through a community organization he founded late last year, with the aim of bringing Italian and Australian scholars, professionals and students together.

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23/3/2016

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The rise and rise of a movie theatre empire

The story of Australia’s largest independent cinema chain and founder of Palace Cinemas, told like a film

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6/6/2017

Business people
Profiles

If will, passion and vision are there ... the inspiring story of Alfredo Santo

A lot has been written about post-war immigrants and their quest to build a new life in an unfamiliar and remote land as Australia still was in the middle of the last century. Little account has been given of their children’s experiences as they grew up torn between two cultures, wrestling with society’s push to mainstream or marginalize them.

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7/3/2017

Immigration
Current affairs

The torchbearers of a transformed Italian culture in Australia

ALTO is the name of a business and social network created by a group of second-generation Italian-Australians who take pride in their Italian identity and bring it into play in their business dealings and social relations. They are the torchbearers of a transformed Italian culture in Australia that has come a long way from the experience of their parents.

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20/1/2017

Art
Art & culture

GAIA, a Melbourne-based organisation working for an art renaissance across the world

Pizza for us Italians is more than an appetising dish. It’s a magnet for getting together and spending good time with family and friends. It’s our gastronomical mandala, symbolising our gregarious spirit. Over a pizza we laugh, we joke, and most of all, we talk.

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28/11/2016

Business people
Profiles

Natale & Natalina, a royal couple without sceptre or crown

There are many stories of Italian migrants who came to Australia with nothing more than a suitcase and were able to achieve great success in their business undertakings: stories of hard work, endurance, determination and, in some cases, extraordinary fortitude in the face of dire circumstances.

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31/8/2016

Australian diaries
Culture

An Australian Prime Minister who loves Italy and read Dante

It seems that to rise to eminence in politics one must endure disappointment and failure. This is particularly true for a political leader. One cannot become a good leader without suffering “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” as says Hamlet in his famous monologue.

Australian diaries
Culture

The overlooked affinities between Australia and Italy

Italy and Australia have many things in common that many people, including government representatives, are unaware of. To begin with, they are together with Canada, the youngest nations of the western world. Italy became a sovereign state in 1861 and Australia in 1901.

Australian diaries
Culture

The tyranny of political forgery

The Tyranny of Distance is an expression used by the eminent Australian scholar, Geoffrey Blainey, as the title of a book he wrote some forty years ago and has since become a classic of Australia’s social history. The book argues that geographical isolation was a crucial factor in shaping the destiny of this country.

Australian diaries
Culture

The mischievous side of the technological progress

Migration has always occurred in human history as a result of what can be described as either a ‘push’ or ‘pull’ movement of people. If one considers the great shifts to or from the Western world, the first happened across the 4th and 5th century after Christ and it was a ‘push’, with hordes of people invading the Roman Empire and eventually causing its fall.

Australian diaries
Culture

The bleak future of Europe

Europe, or rather what is left of it, seems to have reached a live-or-die situation. It was pushed into it from both within and without, and the two are connected. From inside, it is smitten by the radicalization of its Muslim inhabitants and the loss of the core structures of its society: the family, marriage, the Christian faith, and all the values based on those things.

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