There has been some confusion about the day of the Fremantle WA State Election Forum, so just to confirm that it is Tuesday February 28 at 6.30 pm.
It is as always at the Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets.
All candidates have been invited, but it is a bit of a tradition for the Liberal candidate not to turn up, so let’s wait and see.
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.
I like politicians to have an informed opinion and make informed suggestions, so I am quite amused by Fremantle Liberal candidate Hayden Shenton’s suggestion in the Fremantle Herald today that BID businesses should offer discounts to Notre Dame University students.
Had the wannabee politician done his research by walking down High Street he would have noticed several cafes and food outlets, and even hairdressers already offer discounts to UNDA students.
I guess this is one of those anything will do to get media exposure thought bubbles by someone who has no public profile in Freo.
The election candidates forum is on Tuesday February 24, 6.30 pm at the Tannock Hall of UNDA, corner Cliff and Croke streets, so come and find out how many more ‘new ideas’ the candidates have for Freo.
The WA state election campaign is heating up with lots of promises, so time to get rid of the ‘fake facts’ and grill the candidates to see what they will be doing, or promise to do, for Fremantle.
The traditional election forum will be held on Tuesday February 28 from 6.pm at the Notre Dame University Tannock Hall on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets, so dot it down in your diary.
The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce will be holding a State of the State Lunch on October 21 at the Esplanade Hotel with Labor leader Mark McGowan.
Before Western Australia heads into election mode, this is your opportunity to hear directly from Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Leader of the Opposition on what plans a WA Labor State Government has for the Fremantle region. As a major hub for Western Australia’s trade, tourism, engineering and marine industries, the policies of any future State Government will have a major impact on the economic viability of the region.
This lunch will include a 2 course meal and beverages.
Time: 11.45am registration for a 12pm start – concludes at 2:00pm
RSVP by Tuesday, 18 October.
21 October 2016
From 11:45 AM through 2:00 PM
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges
Indian Ocean Suite
Facebook likes to rub it in and reminded me today that this leaflet was dropped in letterboxes in the Fremantle Beaconsfield Ward last October, when I attempted to become the next Beacy Councillor, but sitting member Dave Hume won comfortably.
As it turned out I became Beacy’s Biggest Loser and received the fewest votes of all three candidates, so just a little support from me for the three Beacy candidates who did not win the council election last Friday, when Hannah Fitzhardinge took the trophy.
Good on you Andrew Luobikis, Fedele Camarda and Peter Cruikshank for putting your hand up. You did yourself, your family and your community proud for showing your willingness to step up.
There is no shame whatsoever in not winning. Well done to you all and a big thank you from me!!
Hannah Fitzhardinge today won the Beaconsfield by-election of the City of Fremantle and will the the third female on Fremantle Council.
Only 35.7 per cent of eligible people elected to vote so only a total of 1267 votes were posted.
Hannah Fitzhardinge received 534 votes, Fedele Camarda 363 votes, Andrew Luobikis 279 votes and Peter Cruikshank 91 votes.
The clear message here is that the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association and Fremantle Society, who supported Luobikis, don’t have the support of the community they claim to have, as even Fedele Camarda, who did it all on his own, received more votes than Luobikis.
It will be nice to have another voice of reason and balance on Freo Council and nice to have a female for Beacy next to that macho bloke Dave Hume. ; >)
Congratulations to Hannah Fitzhardinge and the three other candidates. Your passion for Fremantle is laudable!