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I am very disappointed that social media brings out so much negativity and bullies and name-calling as there is absolutely no need for it. It is okay to disagree and have a different opinion but it is not okay to express that by making personal and unwarranted attacks on those who disagree with you.

The cancellation of the Australia Day fireworks by the City of Fremantle has resulted in vile attacks on Fremantle Council and more specifically Mayor Brad Pettitt and he does not deserve that.

As the Mayor Brad Pettitt is the spokesperson for Fremantle Council but he does not and can not under the local government act make dictatorial decisions on his own. The Australia Day decision was made by full council and required a majority vote.

To claim that 99.9 per cent of Fremantle people are against the Council decision is not based on any facts or surveys, so why make that claim? Facts are these: 15,000 people attended yesterday’s One Day in Freo concert, 1,300 attended the Nyoongar smoking ceremony at the Roundhouse, and  60 people attended the pro Australia Day rally the day before. And 5223 people viewed my photos of the smoking ceremony here on Freo’s View and many others on Facebook.

The same applies to the Roe 8 protests. You want Roe 8 and believe it will be good for traffic and some local communities. Fine, you have every right to express and support that, but please do not call these genuinely concerned people the unwashed, dreadlock, dole bludgers, etc. as the protestors represent a big cross section of our community. They are business people, mums and dads, pensioners, etc. and not some leftwing loonies.

It is healthy to disagree and it is great that we live in a country where we can openly express our opinions and feelings, but we can do so in a mature and rational way without making personal, defamatory and insulting attacks on people who stand up for what they believe is right. We are better than that!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Glenn Arendts said, on January 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Unnecessary name calling there Shane, pretty much what the original post by Roel was about.

  2. Suzanne said, on January 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    You have got a bit muddled there Shane.
    Glen merely pointed out, the Mayor and Council were voted in to represent the ratepayers and residents of Fremantle and that includes the retailers.
    Irrespective of agreeing or disagreeing with the Mayors grand plan to create Australia wide devisive publicity, the people of Fremantle should have been given the forward knowledge of his lightbulb moment.
    It worked well for Brad though, seeking the publicity for his continuing career.

  3. Lionel said, on January 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Reasoned debate is clearly lost on you Shane. Glenn raised valid points and all you can do is attack him.

  4. shanefreo said, on January 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Grow up Glenn – I have 4 kids (all younger than teeenagers) who provide the same stupid “he started, no – he started it” reply when I ask them to stop arguing. While I don’t always agree with our Dutch friend (more often that not I do) – he provides a great forum for adults to discuss Fremantle – time for you to take a nap and let the grown-ups work it out.

  5. Mark said, on January 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Spot on Glenn.

  6. Glenn Arendts said, on January 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The trouble is Roel it was the mayor and his council that initially personalised this debate when they sprung it without consultation on the community – the mayor’s first pronouncement on this issue was “I have felt increasingly uncomfortable” about Australia Day, and one of his supporting councillors is quoted as saying Australia Day is “the domain of the dog in the ute, large flag brigade”. They went in all guns blazing and essentially accused those of us that value Australia Day and the celebration of this country as a bunch of insensitive racists. That was when the damage was done, right at the start. It was appallingly managed by the mayor and he deserves the opprobrium.

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