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2016.11.10 Research Seminar - The Italian Constitutional Referendum: Renzi’...

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Room U214, Level 2, U Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane

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Research Seminar: The Italian constitutional referendum: Renzi’s Brexit moment?

Please join members of the International Law and Global Governance Program to explore the significance and history of the Italian Constitution and explore both the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ arguments for this current proposed reform.

Date: Thursday 10 November 2016
When: 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Venue: Room U214, Level 2,
U Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus,
2 George Street, Brisbane

Register: by 9am Thursday 10 November 2016


Speakers:

Marco Fedi (Partito Democratico), Italian MP representing Italiians living in Australia

Matteo Preabianca (Movimento Cinque Stelle), CGIE Councillor based in Australia


Chair: Dr Tiziana Ferrero-Regis (QUT)

Welcome: Dr Angela Daly (QUT)


Abstract:

4 December 2016 will be an important day for Italian politics. After many years, the Italian government has decided to modify the post-war Constitution developed by the country’s Padri Fondatori (Founding Fathers), in an attempt to reduce the size of the Italian Senate, speed up law-making and tackle administrative bureaucracy. A referendum will be held then with the electorate asked to approve these changes. The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, earlier this year staked his leadership on the referendum’s outcome, evoking comparisons of the UK’s recent ‘Brexit’ referendum, which saw British Prime Minister David Cameron step down from office after an adverse popular outcome.

In Italy the media, political parties and public opinion are significantly divided between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ votes in this constitutional referendum. Even within Renzi’s own party, the governing Partito Democratico, which is proposing the reforms, there are doubts about whether these changes will be positive. The main opposition party, Movimento Cinque Stelle, has come out officially against the reforms. Due to the large diaspora community in Australia, many Italian-Australians will be eligible to vote in this referendum.

In the context of anti-establishment popular movements and national referendums throughout Europe, this seminar will explore this Italian instalment and its consequences for domestic and regional law and politics.

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