Mara Moustafine and Emilio Russo.
Emilio Russo describes the return to Italy in 1964, and the decision to come back to Australia for good
13 February 2009
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I been – down in Perth to be Italian, to come from Italy. And I never, from that – (UNCLEAR 00:17) what I bought. But I become an Australian naturalised back – I can’t remember, 1976, or something. And proud to be an Australian. I like to be involved whatever is around. Especially in politics, not – I’m not literate man, but I still can understand. Now even they are – I can’t understand people being here 50 years or 60, go, “Ah no, no, no, I don’t give away much of my country, what for?” If my country would ever look after me, then the same
I mean, they didn’t send me out here. But they – if they were giving me a better chance to get a job over there, I wouldn’t come here. We are knocking anybody like to move from your country to another, but I had to.
I went back once, 1964. I stayed there for 15 months, that’s it. Decide to go back, was because I had my parents they’re still alive, and I promised them all the time that I go back one day. So that’s why I went. With idea that if everything would be alright, I would have stayed there and we stayed there 15 months. But when I start to work arrive, said, “No.” I said, come back again if it’s – and I never – people say, “Ah what if..” See I could have a job, because see when I used to work at the (UNCLEAR 01:58) six, seven weeks holidays every year, I could have a job many times, because had the time and the money, I never went back again.