Feb 21, 2013

Italian-Australians could kick Berlusconi to the kerb once and for all

Italian-Australians will join the rest of Italy in going to the polls this week. The fate of Silvio Berlusconi -- and EU financial markets -- are at stake. Italian-Australian academic Dr Bruno Mascitelli writes on the choice.

Over the next few days between 90,000 and 100,000 electoral ballots will be posted to the homes of Italian-Australians who are eligible to vote in the Italian general elections this weekend.

Since 2001, Italians abroad who are registered on the external electoral register (or AIRE) are eligible to vote in Italian elections and referendums, though the fact is not widely publicised. Italians in Australia are part of a wider electoral college known as Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica. This college is allocated one member of the Chamber of Deputies and one senator.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details