At the last census, 852,417 Australians identified themselves as having Italian ancestry. This makes Italy one of the major sources of the current Australian population.
At the 2006 Italian elections expatriat Italians were allowed to vote for the first time in special seats in the Italian Parliament. This received a fair bit of coverage in the Australian press at the time. Now James Panichi has provided a fascinating perspective on the election campaign, including its reach into Australia.
I do love the complexities of Australian life. My thanks to Andrew Bartlett for the story.