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ITALIAN NATIONAL DAY'S CELEBRATION

Date:

05/30/2007


ITALIAN NATIONAL DAY'S CELEBRATION
This year the event was celebrated at the Marche Club on the night of Saturday 2nd June, The Consul of Italy, dr. Tommaso Coniglio, hosting his first Italian National Day, was pleased with the numerous guests that attended the official proceedings (over 500) which included the Premier of South Australia Hon Mike Rann, 6 Ministers, 6 MPs, Ms Amanda Vanstone designated Ambassador of Australia to Italy and On. Marco Fedi, member of the Italian Parliament. The MC for the event was the enchanting TV host Rosanna Mangiarelli, and Maestro Aldo Balducci sang beautiful Italian classics. 6 Italian restaurants offered guests their signature dishes.


The Consul's Speech


Hon Mike Rann, MP Premier of South Australia

Hon Michael Atkinson, MP Attorney General
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Minister for Justice

Hon Paul Caica, MP Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education
Minister for Science and Information Economy
Minister for Youth
Minister for Gambling

Hon Pat Conlon, MP Minister for Transport
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Energy

Hon Jane Lomax – Smith, MP Minister for Education and Children’s Services
Minister for Tourism
Minister for the City of Adelaide

Hon Jennifer Rankine, MP Minister for State/Local Government Relations
Minister for the Status of Women
Minister for Volunteers
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister Assisting in Early Childhood Development

Hon Carmel Zollo, MLC Minister Assisting the Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Correctional Services
Minister for Road Safety

Hon Bob Sneath President of the Legislative Council
Hon Jack Snelling, MP Speaker of the House

Ms Vickie Chapman, MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Representing the Leader of the Opposition Martin Hamilton-Smith, MP for Bragg

On. Marco Fedi Member of Parliament of the Italian Republic

Cav. Vincenzo Papandrea President of Com.It.Es., Representing the Italian Community in South Australia

Ms Amanda Vanstone Designated Ambassador of Australia to Italy, ex-Federal Minister, ex Senator

Mr Michael Harbison The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Hon John Gazzola, MLC Member of the Legislative Council

Ms Vini Ciccarello, MP Member for Norwood

Mr Tony Piccolo, MP Member for Light

Mr David Pisoni, MP Member for Unley
Assisting the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Ms Grace Portolesi, MP Member for Hartley


Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I cannot tell you how honoured and thrilled my wife and I are to see all these wonderful people respond to our invitation to attend the Italian National Day.

The fact that we have among us Italians here today the Premier of South Australia, six ministers of the South Australian Government, the President of the Legistlative Council, the Speaker of the House, 6 MPs, and the Lord Mayor has a very powerful significance for me as Consul, but more importantly for the entire Italian Community.

Mr Premier, Hon Ministers and Members of Parliament, your presence here tonight shows how much you value our Community, our people, our values, our heritage. On behalf of all the Italians present here tonight, and of all the Italians in South Australia, I would like to sincerely thank you all for being here with us tonight to celebrate our National Day.

And I would also like to thank The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, for he has very generously agreed to host next year’s Italian National Day at the historic Adelaide Town Hall. Mr Harbison, we truly appreciate your offer. Thank you.

A special thanks to Amanda Vanstone.
Ms Vanstone, we are indeed very lucky to have you here in Adelaide for the Italian National Day in your capacity of designated Ambassador of Australia to Italy.
Can you imagine that next year, on this day, you will be at Quirinale, at the Gala dinner with the President of the Italian Republic? I would like to wish you, on behalf of all of us here tonight, a very successful and rewarding term in Rome.

E volevo ringraziare tutti voi, amici Italiani, per avere accolto il mio invito a celebrare il 2 giugno qui, tutti insieme.

Sono ormai 4 i mesi che Sabina e io abbiamo trascorso qui ad Adelaide, e siamo molto ben impressionati dalla Comunità Italiana.

Abbiamo partecipato a decine e decine di eventi conviviali a cui ci avete molto gentilmente invitati, e siamo sempre stati accolti con grande ospitalità, anzi amicizia. Abbiamo ritrovato i vecchi valori italiani, quelli dell’accoglienza, della generosità, della genuinità, valori che sembrano a volte scomparsi nell’Italia contemporanea, specie nelle grandi città.

Esprimo il desiderio, nei 3-4 anni che trascorrerò qui ad Adelaide, di visitare tutte le vostre sedi, e di potere così conoscervi tutti più approfonditamente. Certo, non si può fare tutto in un solo anno, e se quindi debbo declinare qualche invito significa soltanto che il nostro incontro è meramente rinviato.

Mr Premier, I know how deeply you respect the Italian Community here in South Australia. In particular, you told me you are impressed by the strong family values, the hard work, the wonderful traditions, the fantastic food, the extraordinary liveliness and zest for life that this Community expresses.

We Italians are very proud of all this, Mr Premier. We are proud of our contribution to South Australia, to its way of life. I believe that no one in this State can say he hasn’t been touched, one way or another, by Italian culture and lifestyle.

As Consul, I take it as my mission to broaden the knowledge that South Australians have of Italy, this country of incomparable beauty.

That is why, for example, tonight we chose to showcase our country in many different ways.

 The soothing music of Aldo Balducci, who is bringing us some of the best Italian songs, performing them to perfection.

 The very elegant and witty MCing by Rosanna Mangiarelli. Rosanna, tonight we are claiming you back for Italy! She may work for an Australian Channel, but let it be known that she is 100% italiana!

 The breathtaking images of Italy that we chose to share with you on the big screen. Whoever doesn’t wish to book tickets for Italy after viewing those pictures is a liar!

 The exquisite cuisine we are experiencing, through the Marche Club Kitchen and, as soon as the speeches are over (so I’d better end soon), from the 6 sponsoring Italian restaurants.
o Frank Scuteri, Capriccio
o Frank Salzano, Bocelli
o Tony De Ieso, La Tombola
o Enzo Fazzari, Enzo’s
o Michael Sfera, Sfera’s
o Kristian Livolsi, n.10 cucina e bar


 We are also proud to present some excellent Wines produced in South Australia by Italians, heirs of the centuries of Italian wine-making tradition: the Amadio rosée and red Wines and Di Giorgio Pinot Noir Sparkling wine. Thank you very much for that.

As I was saying, at the Consulate we seek to make you discover Italy day by day, by hosting or by supporting many events: music, cinema, theatre, conferences. I’m proud to say that the newly reborn Association, the Dante Alighieri Society will play an important part in this. Not to mention the contribution that the Italian Radio, 531 AM, can make, especially by giving the microphone to young people.

It is very important to get the young generations involved and, as many of you know, this is indeed one of my priorities. I’m sure you will have realized how many young people are participating in this year’s edition. In my view, this is just the beginning of a series of events that will involve more and more young people, be they of Italian origin or not.

So a very warm welcome to the students of Adelaide High School, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, UNISA, and to all the other giovani that are here with us tonight.

Finally Mr Premier, not withstanding the excellent relations between Italy and South Australia, we have a lot of work in front of us to broaden our areas of cooperation.

The memorandum you recently signed with the President of Puglia is just an example of a project that will lead to unprecedented ties and opportunities.

Another example is the renewal of the memorandum for the teaching of Italian, that the Consulate is working on with the DECS. My goal is to design a system that will allow many young Italian graduates to come to South Australia to act as linguistic assistants, and help improve the teaching of Italian in schools.

I look forward to working closely with the SA Government to explore these many other ideas and opportunities of cooperation.

E’ qui che desidero lanciare due sentiti appelli a tutti gli italiani qui presenti, ma in particolare ai presidenti dei club e delle associazioni.

Primo. Coinvolgete sempre di più le giovani generazioni. Questo non vuol dire semplicemente dare loro un po’ di spazio. Significa renderli protagonisti. Far sentire loro che il futuro della nostra comunità risiede nelle loro mani, e che debbono fin d’ora assumersi la responsabilità di preservare e trasmettere la nostra lingua, i nostri valori, la nostra cultura. Su questo piano, troverete nel Consolato un supporto incondizionato.

Secondo. Lavorate insieme, tra di voi, e con il Consolato. Noi italiani siamo sempre di meno, sempre più diluiti, forse sempre meno italiani. E’ venuto il momento di abbandonare tutti i settorialismi, i campanilismi, e di unire i nostri sforzi. Ne usciremo molto, ma molto più forti.

A tale scopo intendo organizzare, insieme al Com.It.Es., una grande conferenza di tutti i club e le Associazioni italiane in Adelaide.

Cari amici, la serata è ancora lunga e vi invito a godervela, approfittando del cibo, della musica, ma soprattutto della compagnia. Non sono forse tantissime le occasioni di vedere, tutti insieme, tali e tanti esponenti della nostra Comunità.

Spero che voi tutti, oggi più che mai, vi sentiate orgogliosi del vostro paese, orgogliosi di essere italiani, eredi di un patrimonio storico, artistico, culturale, e soprattutto umano secondo a nessuno.

Viva l’Italia!








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