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Posted in election, fremantle, politics, state government, western australia by freoview on February 16, 2017

Fremantle resident Andrew Luobikis will be running for the WA State Election/Upper House in the South Metro Region for the new Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party.

Andrew is very committed to Freo and unsuccessfully stood for South and Beaconsfield Ward, and that gives us something in common as I was also unsuccessful standing for Beacy Ward.

While Andrew and I are probably miles apart politically I believe he deserves a plug on Freo’s View because of his passion for our city. Here is what Andrew Luobikis has to say about his candidacy:

Why am I running:

After several years of exposure to local government politics and seeing how the system is not only manipulated by the major political parties it is also very much broken. Reflecting on the lost economic opportunities for WA, especially during the mining boom it was clear that our wonderful state was not getting its fair share. Our state has been held to economic ransom by the political parties from the East. While WA digs up every mineral and harvests every inch of arable land, the rest of Australia lives on GST welfare generated and paid for by hard working Western Australians.

I could see that reform is necessary on many issues and the only way to enact real change is from the State level.

 Having met Julie Matheson during the last Beaconsfield Council By-Election I was drawn to the fact the Julie Matheson For Western Australia Party is the only party that represents the interests of Western Australia and its people, not political parties from the Eastern States. The party’s policies stood out in that they reflected many of the issues I was standing for locally and knew it would be an easy transition for me to get behind and support.

It was obvious to me running as an independent at local government level that if  I were to be successful in effecting any real change I would require the support of a team with values similar to that of mine. It is a team of real people standing up on the real issues for WA and especially the South Metropolitan Region.

 I am a member of Western Australia’s only party that puts Western Australia’s interests FIRST.  The other parties seeking your vote are controlled by politicians from the East.  These politicians want to control WA’s parliament for their own political gain and continue the GST welfare system for the benefit of other states.  It’s our GST, a ‘State tax’ and it belongs in WA.


I also decided to run to help elect our Party’s candidate for Fremantle Janetia Knapp.  Janetia works tirelessly in the Fremantle community to include Aboriginal culture in mainstream day to day living.  She promotes the loving and caring of people and the land on which we all live.  Fremantle will be a better place to live with Janetia Knapp as our elected member of parliament.

 We have a great candidate for Fremantle in the Lower House – Janitia Knapp.  When we met, we just gelled and I could see that a great team was forming that could exert influence and make some fantastic systemic changes for the betterment of the local community.


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  1. Lionel said, on February 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Perhaps the point was lost on you and Andrew. Describing something as a ‘Pauline Hanson-like party’ does not make me think the party you are describing is simply named after the founder – it implies the party is extremely right wing.

  2. freoview said, on February 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Yes you can but he is not here in WA.


  3. Lionel said, on February 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Fair enough. If the only comparison is that the party is named after the individual I suppose you could also liken it to the Nick Xenophon Team party.

  4. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on February 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    The party you are referring to Lionel is actually called “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation” [see and is registered at least in WA as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation [see The ballot paper abbreviation for the forthcoming WA state election is also Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

    All up the point Roel was making.

  5. Lionel said, on February 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Pauline Hanson is a member of One Nation

  6. freoview said, on February 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    A party named after a person.


  7. Lionel said, on February 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    “but then she started a Pauline Hanson-like party”

    Please explain? What do you mean by this?

  8. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on February 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks Roel.

  9. freoview said, on February 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Julie Matheson is a Subiaco Councillor who stood for South Perth in the federal election and announced she was going to stand for Fremantle in the state election, but then she started a Pauline Hanson-like party with candidates in several seats.


  10. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on February 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Who is Julie Matheson? I thought I was reasonably informed politically but I have no idea who Julie Matheson is, what they have done for WA and why they feel that they need to name a political party after themselves.

  11. kel said, on February 17, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Well done Andrew.

    Your honest,determination and straightforwardness has been very much evident and appreciated by many members of the Fremantle Community I expect.

    You say it as it is and stand up for your rights unlike Fremantles current Politicans who think their job as representatives of ALL of the people of Fremantle is just to take opportunities of photos with banner wavers at rentacroud protests or plaster a photo yourself at prominent street corner SEATS.

    These are the only SEATS they represent.

    WA and especially Fremantle is in need of effective representation for its people.Its time for change now.

    Labour and Greens stranglehold of our City and their Party Politics has been taken for granted for too long.

    Good luck Andrew, to you Janitia Knapp and the new Julie Matheson for West Australian Party.


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