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Posted in australia day, city of fremantle by freoview on December 8, 2016

The federal Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke has forbidden Fremantle Council to conduct a citizenship ceremony on January 28 during the One Day in Fremantle family concert with John Butler, Mama Kin and others, because he considers the concert to be a political event.

I believe Fremantle should throw it back in the face of the ass minister and his righteous Liberal government and now hold the citizenship ceremony on Sunday the 29th before or after the traditional courtyard music session at the Fremantle Arts Centre, and let’s throw a prawn or 100 on the barbie and show how Freo celebrates our history and multiculturalism!

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  1. Pete said, on December 9, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Great post Paul … i agree with all – esp our new citizens parading along The Strip.

    With regard to Australia Day … I would vote for a change of day nationally !

  2. freoishome said, on December 9, 2016 at 7:36 am

    If the Councils dealing with this was to use the idea that there is no such thing as ‘bad publicity’, I suppose one could say this has worked. However, I think Fremantle, not just the Council, will now be associated with this whole very confused situation.
    If the purpose of the decision to no longer fund the fireworks was cost saving, would have been great if the council had been open to that. If it was only about the indigenous implications, again it would have good if that had been made clear. But, it was just a hotch-potch decision.
    The more recent decision to have a competing event just 2 days after Australia confused me. Before that new event day was announced,council implied it was thinking about having a completely separate event. But, this decision clearly was not separate, it seems to have intentionally been organised to make a political statement. Worse, because of the close association with Australia day, it just seems to me like making the whole Australia Day much longer, much more significant, it hasn’t created separation.
    If Fremantle wants a Citizenship event, then make that explicit. If CoF doesn’t want that associated with Australia Day public holiday, then just treat it as another weekend event, but not in January, and don’t have fireworks, but have dignitaries and razzmatazz, maybe a march through the cappuccino strip with people applauding our new citizens and a marching band or two.
    Let the Australia Day public holiday just happen, where ever that is. Put some music or Art on, just don’t have VIPs making speeches.

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