In 1956, there was a big frost in Italy, and nearly all the olive trees on our farm died. At that time, my father had friends in Australia telling him that money grew on trees, so he came over to see if it was true. Well, he arrived on a Saturday and started working on the Monday, in the Holden factory. When we arrived 3 years later, he was so excited to see us that he climbed up the anchor rope of the ship!
Dad worked hard, and Mum worked even harder. She would get up at 3 in the morning to go and work at Balfours, and I would get up that early to take her. Seeing my parents work hard was a part of my education, and gave me a strong work ethic.
As a result, I studied hard at high school, and got into Medicine. Even when I was still a student, I already had patients from the Italian community knocking on the door! Later, as well as working full time as a GP, I did a lot of work in the community. I was President of the Coordinating Italian Committee for 10 years, and had many other roles, such as President of the Multicultural Communities Council, Chairman of the Australia Day council and Convener of the Australian Republic Movement during the referendum. I’ve always liked helping people – I find it very satisfying. And when I feel strongly about something, I get involved.
I’m pleased that my parents decided to bring us here. I was lucky that they did all the hard work and we just took the fruits of it. But we saw what they did for us, and we appreciated it.
As a GP, I have a lot of patients who are new migrants, and they all want the same things that my parents wanted – just a good life for their kids, to be secure, and to be happy.
NEWS: In a South-Australian first, a barbaric dog fighting ring has been smashed, following investigations by RSPCA and police.
This is something we all knew was happening but is very hard to detect, hidden by a veil of secrecy and organised crime.
Let's hope the charges on this highly illegal blood sport keep on coming and it is ended for good.
Read more - http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/dogfighting-ring-smashed-after-man-becomes-first-south-australian-charged-over-shocking-blood-sport/news-story/69a31a297745fd2a458d2ad0454fd2f6
Last night I went on The Bolt Report and set the record straight on a few things.
Let me just say a few things first because there has been a lot of talk about preference deals. Your preferences belong to you. You choose where they go and no one can make you do otherwise. Preferences belong to the people.
I'm not here to help the Liberals, the Nationals or Labor and I'm certainly not here to help the Greens. I'm here to do what is best for you, the Australian people, and to do what I can to make sure you have as many representatives from Pauline Hanson's One Nation in parliament as possible.
And one last thing. It's funny to see that Labor is so quick to attack about deals because they seem to have forgotten that they have also been happy to talk to me about deals.
They talked to my staff in Queensland, they tried to talk to me through the Minerals Council in West Australia so they could deny it. Bill Shorten has met with me and wants to meet with me again. So these attacks are just pathetic hypocrisy.
"I rose at 6am, washed three loads of clothes, watered the garden and dressed my twin boys for preschool. I made breakfast for three (muesli and fruit), made their lunch and mine (boiled eggs, steamed corn and cucumber sticks), then turned around and started prepping for dinner – fried haloumi and vegetables, since you ask."