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FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION ON JULY 28

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

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The Federal by-election for the seat of Fremantle is still two months away with the Electoral Commission announcing it will be held on July 28.

It looks like the Liberal/National government quite likes a depleted opposition, so we should be glad the five by-elections around the nation will be held this year. The by-elections are necessary because of dual citizenship issues.

I will back Josh Wilson, whom I like and respect as a person and as a politician. He was an excellent councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fremantle, so Josh4Freo will get my vote.

The photo above is of Josh Wilson with his wife and three children in their Fremantle home.

Roel Loopers

SULLIVAN WINS SOUTH FREMANTLE AGAIN

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2018

 

South Ward voting

 

Andrew Sullivan won the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election and will return to his seat at Fremantle Council.

Sullivan received 50% of the votes and got 856 votes, while the two other candidates also got 50% of the vote; Marija Vujcic 608 and Chris Williams 248. Nine votes were invalid.

Voter participation was around 44 % so that is fairly good.

Roel Loopers

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE SOUTH FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2018

 

The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided today after the unforgivable blunder by the WA Electoral Commission.

It is the last day today for voters in the ward to cast their vote at the Fremantle Townhall till 6pm. Votes will be counted straight after that, so we will know by 7pm if Andrew Sullivan retained his seat or if one of the two other candidates comes over the line first.

It was interesting to hear on SBS this week that voters in the Netherlands are turning  away from mainstream political parties, with more and more people voting for candidates representing local parties for their local governments, while in WA there appears to be the trend of the big political parties becoming more interested in local government politics.

VOTE! It’s a privilege and duty!

Roel Loopers

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LAST DAYS TO VOTE FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on March 11, 2018

 

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The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided this coming Friday Mach 16, so if you have not sent in your ballot paper yet do it now!

You can also drop off the envelope at the City of Fremantle reception at Fremantle Oval till Thursday and on Friday at the Townhall till 6pm when votes will be counted.

Roel Loopers

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LOW BENCHMARKS FOR SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

It was a kind of groundhog day and deja vu all over again feeling at the Fremantle South Ward candidate forum at The Local, that was attended by less than twenty members of the community.

We have basically heard it all before and a lot of it is based on ignorance and the fact that candidates can’t be bothered to attend council meetings, so they have an opinion based on hear say.

The accusations flew wild; There is only one narrative at Fremantle and councillors are too close so there is only rubber stamping. Council looks after developers and businesses but not after residents. There is no due process, community participation, or consultation.

The elected members set themselves low benchmarks, one candidate who has never been to a council meeting said, and that it was questionable if the new South Beach basketball court was a good return for money.

Ignorance always annoys me, but it annoys me even more when it comes from people who want to be our next councillors. If they are too lazy to do their homework and attend council meetings and inform themselves, what benchmark do they set themselves then to be an elected member one has to wonder?

I left the meeting when they started to dig in why there was a by-election and if maybe council or the incumbent should have done more to prevent the inexcusable blunder by WA Electoral Commission staff who allowed an non eligible person to be a candidate.

Did I hear any new ideas about where Fremantle should go, any long term plans? No, none, just good old council bashing. Very disappointing!

Roel Loopers

 

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VOTE SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

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If you live in South Ward of the City of Fremantle and have not sent in your ballot paper yet, please do it today!

Just about 40 per cent of eligible voters participated in the October local government election in Fremantle and that is disappointing.

I already voted for Andrew Sullivan because from my close-up observations of Fremantle Council Sullivan has been a very impressive contributor with a huge knowledge of local government procedure and planning.

The South Ward by-election was made necessary after an unforgivable blunder of the WA Electoral Commission, so now we have to go through the process again.

Voting is not only your democratic duty and right but a privilege that many people around the world envy us for.

VOTE PLEASE!

Roel Loopers

SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2018

 

 

Ballot papers will be arriving in Fremantle South Ward homes early next week for the local government by-election.

The October 2017 election was declared invalid in South Ward because of a blunder by the Electoral Commission, so we need to vote again.

Andrew Sullivan, who is my preferred candidate, posted his flyer on line, so here it is.

Roel Loopers

THREE CANDIDATES FOR SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2018

 

There are just three candidates for the City of Fremantle South Ward local government by-election to be held on March 16, after a blunder by the Returning Officer and WA Electoral Commission.

The October election results were ruled invalid by court after it was deemed that candidate Ben Moodie had not been eligible to contest the election because he did not live in Fremantle.

Long-time Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who won the invalid October election, will stand again, and so will Marija Vujcic who challenged the outcome of the election. She came third after Liam Carter, who will not re-contest.

The new and third candidate for the South Ward seat is Fremantle family lawyer Chris Williams.

Ballot papers will be posted out as early as February 16, so make sure you vote if you live in the ward!

Roel Loopers

SHOCK DEPARTURE FROM SOUTH FREMANTLE ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2018

 

It comes as a big surprise to read in the Fremantle Herald this morning that Liam Carter will not re-nominate for the March City of Fremantle South Ward by-election.

Carter came only 57 votes behind Andrew Sullivan at the October election, which has since been declared invalid because of a huge blunder by the Electoral Commission, which wrongly accepted the nomination of Ben Moodie.

The election results were challenged in court by Maria Vujcic, who came third after Sullivan and Carter.

It will be interesting to see if new candidates will nominate now that it looks to be only a two people race between Sullivan and Vujcic.

Roel Loopers

BY-ELECTION FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 21, 2017

 

The Court of Disputed Returns ruled this morning that the City of Fremantle South Ward Election held on 21 October 2017 was invalid.

This decision was due to one of the unsuccessful ward candidates being declared ineligible to stand in the election.

As a result of the election being declared invalid, Andrew Sullivan is no longer a councillor and the position has been declared vacant.

A new election for the vacant South Ward position will be held on 16 March 2018. It will be funded by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

The election will again be conducted as a postal election with polling closing at 6.00pm on Friday 16 March 2018.

The roll close date for this election is 5.00pm, Thursday 25 January 2018. Nominations will open on Wednesday 31 January and close at 4.00pm Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Any further enquiries can be made to the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

This is a disgrace and total incompetence of WA Electoral Commission staff, who should have checked the eligibility of all candidates. Sadly Andrew Sullivan has to pay for it now. Humbug!

Roel Loopers

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