Senate debates

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Statements by Senators

Italy: General Election

1:41 pm

Photo of Alex AnticAlex Antic (SA, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to extend my congratulations to the proud nation of Italy for electing their first female Prime Minister. How wonderful to see a strong, modern woman in power and I'm sure that Giorgia Meloni's victory will serve as an inspiration to women and girls everywhere. Yet, strangely, the corporate media doesn't seem too excited about Italy's progress and, rather than celebrating, they're voicing their concerns about Italy's drift to the far right.

So what makes Italy's Prime Minister so far right? As far as I can tell, it's that she's promising to defend the nuclear family, she is opposing woke ideology and she is proposing to limit immigration in her country. How radical! Could it be that the sisterhood only advocates for women when they hold their leftist views? Surely not! That seems unlikely. Surely it couldn't be that their rhetoric about equality and the patriarchy applies only when women hold their world view. It seems that, when women hold traditional values, their success is not viewed as cause for celebration by the selective sisterhood.

I am sure we will hear more from the media about the dangers of the far right or the hard right, because it is clear that these days all 'hard right' actually means is normal people who care about their families. Of course, in 2022, defending the family and one's culture does make you a threat to the leftist agenda. The Left only enjoys democracy when it gets the results it wants. Italy has elected Giorgia Meloni, showing that her policies are winning issues. That is how democracy works.