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Luci ed ombre sul Consolato di Melbourne

By 15 Ottobre 2020 No Comments

Speriamo che sia una un errore di comunicazione e niente di più

di Paolo Buralli Manfredi

In un altro articolo si era raccontato di qualche disservizio legato al sistema utilizzato dal Consolato di Melbourne riguardo la consegna delle schede elettorali e la gestione del voto all’estero.

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Qualche settimana più tardi ci è pervenuta una segnalazione di un australiano che chiameremo Mr X.

Questa persona ci ha raccontato che in una telefonata ricevuta direttamente dal Console di Melbourne di all’ora, parliamo del 2018, si era sentito intimorito ed in qualche passaggio persino minacciato dal Console in carica al che, perché l’accusa mossa è molto pesante, abbiamo chiesto a Mr X di raccontarci in una email quanto fosse successo e di fornirci prove che sostenessero le sue accuse, Mr X, oltre ad averci fornito la registrazione della telefonata in questione, forma spesso utilizzata e legale in Australia, ci ha detto che ci avrebbe inoltrato la stessa email che aveva inviato al Ministero degli Esteri con in copia l’Ambasciata Italiana in Camberra dove spiegava l’accaduto e che noi riportiamo qui di seguito nel testo Originale e per evitare traduzioni che potrebbero alterarne il senso, lasciandola nella lingua madre di Mr X,  l’Inglese australiano, cancellando per privacy i nomi dei diretti interessati.

“ My name is Mr X and I am a very proud Australian Citizen that deals a lot with the Italian community here in Melbourne

Your name has been introduced to me as the person that takes care of diplomatic matters but most of all as a person of “ just”.

The reason why I’m writing to you is because I’ve been threatened by a very important representative of Italian Institutions here in Melbourne with regards to my business and therefore my wellbeing.

After that event I’ve been scared for a long time for my family and myself and I have decided only now to come forward because in these months there has been much talk on this person in the Italian community for attitudes decisions and friendships at least questionable.

Allow me now to introduce myself and explain what happened.

I am the owner of a Company (B2BHQ) and the Executive Officer of Carlton Inc., an Association that is recognized by the Municipal and State Administration and that is always called upon on the occasion of any Italian community events in the District of Carlton.

As member of Carlton Inc, I have also been involved for some time in organizing the Carlton Festa which is the most important Italian event of the year held in that district, which has always been the “beating heart” of commercial and economic activities of the Italian community of the city.

In November 2018 in conjunction with the organization of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute held by xxxxxxxxxx, I received a phone call from the Consul General of Italy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

During this conversation I was verbally attacked by him and strongly advised not to have any contact with the City Council in relation to a public event being organised by the Targa Florio Australian Tribute company if I wanted to continue to run a business. 

Since it is part of my job to always keep track of my client’s needs, I usually record my phone calls because this way I can better respond to their requests. For this reason, the telephone call between me and the Consul General of Italy xxxxxxxxxxxxxx was recorded as well.

I would like to submit this recording to you with its digital transcription to better understand the conversation. The phone call took place on November 15th 2018.

At the time I received the phone call from xxxxxxxxxxx , it was the first time I had received a call from him, which was surprising.

I did not know why he was calling: it was simply not expected.

In a matter of seconds, though, I realized that I was undeniably being threatened with regards to my business and therefore my wellbeing.

What felt terribly disturbing was the fact that none of the information that was delivered to Targa Florio directly from the City of Melbourne and Carlton Inc involved xxxxxxxxxxxxx. 

It was a matter for Targa Florio to process.

This offered me the idea that a network of intertwined, unclear interests was in motion and that it was targeting me, perhaps among many others.

Post this telephone conversation I notified the Melbourne City Council who offered me counselling, but, since the extremity of this phone call I had my, at the time, pregnant fiancé terrified for our livelihood, I decided to ease the tension and leave it all to rest for some time.

Even if I am an Australian Citizen with no italian background whatsoever, I feel that despicable behaviour of such kind, which I assume being more frequent than expected, can materially damage not only the fabric of the Australian society and legitimate business network, but the well-earned dignity of the Italian community too.

This has to come to an end, in Melbourne and elsewhere.

However, I regrettably  have to inform you that in order to protect myself and my family, I will  make the matter publically known albeit the public image of Italy will be resulting compromised within the Australian Community.

I would like to thank you for your attention and please click xxxx to hear the conversation (once opened please press “play”  on the top left handside) 

Looking forward to hearing from you.”

Come si legge dalla email inviata Mr X era stato molto preciso e dettagliato nella sua spiegazione sostenendo che il tutto è molto più chiaro nella registrazione, pratica legale sul territorio australiano.

Quanto è successo è un evento spiacevole, i Consolati forniscono servizi ed i Consoli dovrebbero padroneggiare l’arte della diplomazia per l’incarico ricoperto che, in questo caso, dalla registrazione fornita a supporto del racconto di Mr X, si evidenzia che questa padronanza è venuta a meno fornendo un immagine dell’Italia, i Consolati sono espressione dello Stato Italiano, del tutto sbagliata e non veritiera perché, le Istituzioni Italiane in tutto il mondo hanno sempre dato prova di correttezza e trasparenza.


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