(VELINO) Roma, 18 Sep - Canberra recently hosted the thirdedition of "Italians Down Under", a conference promoted by theItalian Embassy in Canberra and devoted to the problems of theItalian community in Australia and the strengthening ofItalo-Australian bilateral relations. The topics coveredincluded an analysis of the Italian community's main currentproblems and its future perspectives, retaining and spreadingItalian culture and language and the opportunity to enhanceeconomic and commercial exchanges and two-way investment flows.The event was attended by the Parliamentary Secretary to theMinister for Social Services, Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells,who greeted the participants on behalf of the Australiangovernment; former education minister and current National AgeDiscrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, who presented theItalian edition of a book on pensioners' rights; and ItalianMPs Giacobbe and Fedi. In his introductory statement,Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo highlighted the fact that the"traditional regional model of association created byfirst-generation Italian immigrants is now in crisis because itis no longer able to intercept second and third-generationItalo-Australians and especially the wave of Italiannewcomers". The Ambassador continued: "I hope new forms ofassociation will soon be found, possibly on a national level,capable of uniting Italians and Italo-Australians in politics,economy, culture and science, enabling us to network andenhance the overall weight and influence of the Italiancommunity in this country". vel.