“[The opposition] has left the country and its new government – which will surely be centre-right – with a great burden,” he adds.

A resident of Western Australia, Mr Marcianò claims that overseas candidates don’t have the status and power to represent the communities in which they live.

“I live in Australia and I can represent the community on a symbolic level, should I be elected,” he says.

“My supporters know that I won’t ever vote for the ‘ius soli’ bill and they will elect me for that. Because they are in a far and foreign land, overseas representatives have no influence. I have not seen any results from the Senator or MP who were last elected.

“I would say that we could, for example, address the review of the social security agreement. I am an expert on that subject, and I would intervene if I was elected because I believe that certain things need to change.

“I can think of little things that could improve the agreement, like activating all of the Centrelink channels so that pensioners can turn to one specific office, instead of having to also deal with patronati [social security and welfare offices].”

In his political program, Mr Marcianò proposes the elimination of social security and welfare offices, a point which he confirms in an interview with IL GLOBO.

“The logic of patronati is one which responds to political needs, because they are connected to political parties,” he says.

“Unfortunately, it is known that the Patronato INCA CGIL is linked to the Democratic Party (PD). Although, it is likely that one section will now be connected to the PD and another to Free and Equal (LeU), and the votes will be divided.

“It gives me the impression that patronati are the voting booths of political parties, and I’m not just referring to the PD. Unfortunately, we have seen that our pensioners are unable to understand not just the reality of Italian politics, but also how to vote.

“In this electorate, only 30 per cent of those eligible to vote do so, and 90 per cent of those are pensioners.

“I asked Senator Malan to make a request in the Senate that the National Social Security Institute (INPS) temporarily suspend issuing correspondence to pensioners during this time as they will be receiving their ballot papers, and consequently go to the patronati, where all their papers may or may not be attended to.

“I can guarantee that pensioners trust in patronati officials for everything, even when it comes to voting, because they don’t know how to cast their vote. Patronati pose a threat to democracy, as do the other organisations, associations and groups which interfere with ballot papers.

“If I am elected, I would immediately call for the abolition of Italians voting abroad: if voting doesn’t take place in the privacy of polling booths, it’s pointless.”

It would be impossible not to mention the fascist posts found on Mr Marcianò’s Facebook profile, attacking Laura Boldrini and supporters of immigration, which date back to 2015 and gained widespread media attention in Italy.

“I thought the journalist was referring to light-hearted posts I had made against Boldrini, which a jocular friend put on my profile,” he explains.

“When I learned that the posts were of a dark nature that no human being could write, I realised I was the victim of a hacker, probably working for political opponents.

“These people tarnished my reputation, compromising my electoral campaign. I will probably lose the support of voters, and I am forced to act accordingly. Someone will pay for it.”

Mr Marcianò claims to be a sociologist and believes that a sociological analysis of the current situation would be more appropriate than a political one.

“Unfortunately, immigration, as the PD and the left have wanted it, is creating social imbalances,” he says.

“People from different cultures, with diverse mentalities and lifestyles are entering our territory; this will inevitably provoke social conflict which cannot be resolved by shooting, but which will spark intolerance.”