Freo's View

G’DAY. IT’S STILL A GREAT COUNTRY

 

One lesson we need to learn from this election is that we should not allow politicians to run fear campaigns, and that applies to all parties!

Fear divides the community and fear allows politicians to take more and more of our liberties from us, because they claim that only then will we live in a safe society.

What we-all of us-need to do is create an environment of trust and safety where we communicate respectfully with one another, instead of campaigns of accusation, innuendo and fear.

Fear makes us less tolerant and less accepting of those with different views, but the others are not the enemy, they are fellow Australians who believe in different solutions and options. That does not make them bad people, or worse than we are, they are different and have the same high hopes for the future as we do. They just believe that it can be achieved in different ways.

When we still live in a country that believes in the urban myth of fair go, we need to grow up and accept that we are not the best country in the world, but among many really great countries. And we need to acknowledge that we are far from perfect and like everywhere else on earth we are looking for strong leadership, but what we are getting instead is political parties who just want to beat the other party. It is about them, not us and that is not good, and only we can change that by demanding better governance.

We cannot blame those who are unemployed for wanting jobs and we cannot even blame them that climate change is not a priority when you are struggling to put food on the table.

Those of us who were hoping for a new government in Canberra are very disappointed, but the sun is shining and the sky is blue in Fremantle and most of us have a roof over our head, so let’s reflect and be grateful for what we have instead of being disappointed.

Australia is still a relatively young country and we have to endure the growing pains. We can do that by nurturing more and criticising less.

Have a brilliant Sunday. The sun will rise again tomorrow and we will still wake up in a peaceful country that offers many opportunities, so embrace that.

Roel Loopers

IT IS DEMOCRACY DAY!

Posted in australia, city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2019

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It’s D Day for Australia. Decision Day-Democracy Day, and to find out if all together we were intelligent enough to not get sucked in by Palmer’s rubbish and the one-sided pro Liberal reporting of the West Australian and Murdoch press.

The best thing about election days is that it is the end of boring and negative election campaigns and that there is a sausage sizzle and cake stall at many of the schools where we lodge our vote.

In about 13 hours from now (it is 6.42am as I write this) we should know if we got a new PM or if the old one has managed to hold on. Good luck Australia!

Roel Loopers

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THANK YOU BOB HAWKE!

RIP Bob Hawke. A man of principles and values, willing to take risks, trying to find consensus and bringing people together instead of dividing them.

He was also a big fighter against racism. A brilliant man has died.

He changed Australia for the better. Thanks Bob!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ANZAC DAY PARADE

Posted in ANZAC DAY, australia, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2019

 

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It was a busy day in Fremantle with ANZAC Day attracting a lot of people.

Fremantle Ports volunteers handed out Australian flags for the 13th year in a row and that is always very popular with young and old.

Here some photos I took of the parade marching through the Cappuccino Strip. I could not stay on for the ceremony on the Esplanade as I was on volunteer tourist guide duty at the Roundhouse, where we welcomed 722 visitors in five hours.

Roel Loppers

 

 

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TIMELINE FOR FREO’S ONE DAY EVENT

 

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For the many of thousands of people who will flock to the Fremantle Esplanade for the One Day In Fremantle concert on Sunday, here is the timeline.

MONTAIGNE, the big act, will be on stage from 6.30-7.30pm

ADRIAN EAGLE will be on just before her from 5.30-6.15pm

The Spring Peaks are on from 4.30-5.15pm

Emily Wurramara will entertain us all from 3.30-4.15pm

The Hunting Birds will start the music part of the event from 2.30-3.15pm

And don’t forget the Noongar SMOKING CEREMONY at Bathers Beach at 8am!

See you there!

Roel Loopers

 

 

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FREO’S ITALIAN BUTCHER’S FRANKS MULTICULTURAL AUSSIE DAY

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, food, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2019

 

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This is a pretty impressive multicultural celebration of Australia Day at Franks, the Italian butcher in Wray Avenue, Fremantle.

Moroccan, Italian, German, Thai, American, Spanish, Aussie, Chines and Portuguese, and probably food inspired by foreign cuisines.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO WELCOMES 67 NEW CITIZENS

Posted in australia, australia day, citizenship, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2019

 

 

Fremantle welcomed 67 new Australians from all over the world at the Fremantle Arts Centre this Australia Day Saturday.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Minister and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk handed out the citizenship certificates to the new Aussies in front of friends and family.

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIAN FLAG BACK ON FREMANTLE TOWNHALL

Posted in australia, australia day, citizenship, city of cockburn, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2019

 

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All those people who wrongly believe that Fremantle Council is un-Australian, whatever that means, can sleep in peace and have happy dreams again now that the City has raised the Australian flag on the Townhall again.

The big flag will stay up 24/7 as it will be illuminated at night, so check it out.

Talking about being Australian, tomorrow at 10.30, yes, on Australia Day, the City of Fremantle will hold its annual citizenship ceremony at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

67 new Aussies will pledge their allegiance to their new country. It will be a very special moment for them.

The new Aussies are from France, Spain, Israel, USA, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Columbia, Brazil, Turkey, UK, Ireland and Austria.

Roel Loopers

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WE ALL GOT RED BLOOD AND BROWN SHIT

 

There is plenty of time for contemplation and soul searching during the cold and wet winter days and nights, so when it was suggested to me that I should try to speak at one of the new TEDx Fremantle events about Perception and Reality, I wondered what it was I would like to speak about.

My thoughts don’t comply with the TEDx Fremantle categories of; only good science, no political agenda and no religious proselytizing, so I decided to just write down my contemplations and publish it here on Freo’s View instead. Here it is:

When we talk about reality and perception we should start with the elephant in the room first, and that is that Australia is not the best country in the world. Simply because no country is! There are many great countries in the world. I lived in three of them.

Our soldiers are not braver than those from other countries, and there is nothing specifically Australian about people helping each other in a crisis. When there are floods in Bangladesh, earthquakes in Mongolia, or wars and disasters in other parts of the world, the communities rally to give a helping hand.

Australia has lived on the urban myth of being the fair go country, but how can we claim that when the British settlers mostly ignored Aboriginal culture and language and treated our indigenous people as primitive idiots. How can a fair country take children away from their parents to bring them up as Christians and does not allow them to speak their native languages, and how can a fair country allow many of these children to be abused and raped?

How can we believe to be the fair country when we ban genuine refugees from coming to Australia, but lock them up instead in camps of neighbouring countries, but want priority immigration for supposedly ‘endangered’ white South African farmers?

How can we claim that we live in the best country on earth, when tonight, like every night, 115,000 homeless Australians sleep rough in the cold and wet?

The perception of greatness has always confused the Australian identity and that’s why we are still looking for one. We are not the Akubra hat-wearing cowboys, who live in the red dirt outback, but 90% of our population lives on the coastal plains and in big cities.

You might be surprised now when I say that I really love living in Australia, and even more that I live in Fremantle. But we need to start cutting the crap and let go off the hubris, because to be able to move forward together as a community and nation we need to acknowledge the harsh reality that Australia is far from perfect and that there is a lot of room for improvement.

We at the grassroots need to insist that political debate is about issues and has substance, and is not about point-scoring and name-calling, and we need to let all politicians know that we will no longer put up with their infantile behaviour in our parliaments.

We need to stop believing in the urban myth of our own greatness and start by showing real compassion for the less well off in our society.

It is not acceptable that we spend millions of dollars on non-essential things when our pensioners are barely making ends meet, when our hospitals are over-crowded and have long waiting lists, as does social housing, and when so many suffer from serious mental health issues.

Australia joined the so-called war on terrorism, but why haven’t we begun a war on poverty, and a war on unemployment and homelessness?

We are not all equal when multinational companies don’t pay tax, but low-income earners, pensioners and people on social benefits constantly get scrutinised to the point that is causes anxiety and depression for many.

It is good to have dreams, but it is not good to live in dreamworld and ignore the pragmatic reality of Australian life. Racism is a daily experience for those who are not white, and verbal abuse is also a daily worry for Muslim women, who have become the easy targets for ignorant fools. Western Australia has the highest rate of domestic violence in the nation!

Australia is a beautiful country, and I strongly believe that most people are good, caring and tolerant, and even more so here in Fremantle, but there are also many intolerant haters, who do not positively contribute to our community.

The Australia I love was summed up pretty well one evening in the Fitzroy Crossing pub in the stunning Kimberly when a drunk and huge Aboriginal man looked down on me in the toilet and said “Isn’t it amazing brother that we both have red blood and brown shit.” Yes indeed. We have a lot more in common than what divides us!

My wish for Australia is to wake up to reality and stop claiming that this is the best country on the planet. There is a huge different between being proud of one’s nation or becoming dangerously-and unrealistically- nationalistic. We can only find Australia’s real identity when we stop the tokenism and engage in real reconciliation with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. To do that we need to use the word RESPECT more often.

To show real respect we need to acknowledge Aboriginal people in our constitution, we need to build a substantial Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle, so that overseas visitors can engage and learn about our indigenous history and culture, and we need a memorial on Rottnest Island telling the awful story of the inhumane Quod Aboriginal prison, where nearly 400 boys and men from all over Western Australia died.

Only with real mutual respect, and only with real, deep and soul searching honesty can we make Australia the best country in the world. Dismissing and patronising others is only holding us back.

Roel Loopers

THANKS FOR HAVING ME FREO!

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018

 

Today March 13 is my personal Australia Day. It is the day I migrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney 36 years ago in 1982.

The promised start at a Sydney newspaper did not eventuate because we happened to arrive when Australia was in a recession, so slogging as kitchenhand, cook and waiter was the start of my Aussie life.

Trying to deal with the culture shock and learning to understand cricket, Aussie Rules and rugby was harder than learning to accept cask wine, blue skies and sunshine.

Looking back it is amazing how much I have achieved in a country where I knew nobody. Coming to Perth in September 1985 and starting my own corporate/industrial photography business without having the support of friends or family, or having the right private school tie, was probably more youthful naivety than sound planning.

But from the very start I felt a real love for this country, even more so in Western Australia and especially Fremantle. When I first drove through the Pilbarra and Kimberley I had a real sense of home coming and that I belonged, and Freo has always been like that for me.

Even in my darkest hours I have never regretted I migrated to Australia and I have always felt a commitment that I need to make a positive contribution to my community and leave Freo an even better place than it is for future generations, when my time is up sooner than later.

I have met so many great people and have made really good friends. I love the Freo passion and that we are all so bloody opinionated, and I love it that most of us don’t take themselves too serious.

Thanks for having me, Freo!

Roel Loopers

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