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Message from Consul Salvatore Napolitano on the occasion of Italian Republic Day



Message from Consul Salvatore Napolitano on the occasion of Italian Republic Day

"Dear fellow Italians, dear Queenslanders and Territorians,

Also, on behalf of Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, I am proud to extend to you and your loved ones the best wishes for the 74th anniversary of Italian National Day.

On this important anniversary, our thoughts are dedicated to all those who have been affected by the current pandemic, the victims and their families, who have received continuous, unconditional support and solidarity from the Italian community residing in Queensland and in the Northern Territory, as well as from local Authorities and Australian citizens.

This new anniversary highlights the essential function of the founding principles of the Italian Republic enshrined in the Italian Constitution, which have accompanied the democratic development of Italy and provide solid guidance as well, in the unprecedented difficult times of the current pandemic. Today, Italy is a country rich in history, culture, art, and at the same time dynamic, modern, creative, and a very relevant player in international politics and economics.

The 74th Republic Day also provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the very special friendship between Italy, Queensland and the Northern Territory, where you will find the main interpreters and representatives in our compatriots who settled in Australia and who supported local development enormously, while at the same time greatly honouring Italy. In the wake of the example of these “pioneers” of this Italian immigration to Queensland and the Northern Territory, their descendants maintain and nurture the special relationship with Italy, that is also fostered by the many entrepreneurs, professionals, students, young Italians and Australians who promote continuous exchange and interactions.

Looking forward with great optimism to a bright future for our collaboration, and remembering those who have suffered and continue to suffer the harmful consequences of the epidemic, we can tonight admire the spectacle of the Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge illuminated with the colours of the Italian flag. Many thanks to Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and the institutional representatives of the community for paying this tribute to our country".

Salvatore Napolitano, Consul for Queensland and the Northern Territory

Link to the message of H.E. the President of the Italian Republic

Link to the message of H.E. the Ambassador of Italy in Australia