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  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. (Provided by Franco Baldi)Source: Provided by Franco Baldi
Prime Minister Tony Abbott celebrated his week the Italian Republic Day in Sydney's Marconi Club and talked with SBS Radio Italian about why is important to "stop" asylum seekers' boats.
Luisa Perugini / SBS Radio Italian

3 Jun 2015 - 5:11 PM  UPDATED 3 Jun 2015 - 5:11 PM

What's the difference between the first migrants who came here to work and today? asked Luisa Perugini, SBS Radio broadcaster.

"I cherish the presence in this country of people who have consciously opted for Australia. That's why there is a strong sense of Australian patriotism amongst our migrant communities but particularly the Italian community. It has really has had a go and are deeply embedded in any aspect of Australian society".

What's the solution to migration in Italy and Australia? 

The solution is to stop the boats. There is only one way to go and it is to stop the boats. That is the humanitarian, the compassionate, the decent thing to do and I'm pleased to say we've substantially done it here in Australia and let's hope the Europeans can manage it as well.


Listen to the extended report in SBS Radio Italian