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BY-ELECTION FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2017

 

The WA Electoral Commission will be calling a by-election for the South Fremantle Ward which was won by Andrew Sullivan at the October 21 election last month.

Concerns had been raised about the legibility of candidate Ben Moodie and it appears the WAEC has agreed that he should not have been permitted to nominate because he lives in the City of Cockburn.

Andrew Sullivan received only 57 votes more than Liam Carter, so it was a very close race between the two greenies.

The results were: Moodie 268, Vujcic 517, Carter 598, Suffling 23, Sullivan 655.

It is very disappointing that we now have to go through the whole process again, and it is likely that voters will be fed up and that the return of ballots could be very low.

One has to wonder though why no one seems to be responsible for checking the legibility of political candidates. We have been witnessing the dual-citizenship shambles in Canberra and now this is happening in Fremantle.

It is not fair to all the candidates who spent a lot of time doorknocking, and money on printing flyers. They’ll have to do that all again.

When I nominated for City Ward I was not even asked to show proof of identity, proof of citizenship, or even that I am actually a permanent resident of Australia, so the process is far from perfect and needs an urgent overhaul.

 

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION?

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017

 

Will the people of South Fremantle have to endure a by-election and will Andrew Sullivan’s win be contested?

According to the Fremantle Herald today unsuccessful candidate Marija Vujicic is contemplating a protest because of the supposed in-illegibility of candidate Ben Moodie.

Andrew Sullivan won the South Ward seat with just 57 vote more than Liam Carter, and Vujicic was 138 behind Sullivan, while Moodie received 268 votes.

Moodie’s eligibility had been a major discussion on social media during the election campaign, but he Electoral Commission had allowed his nomination, so one has to question why there are no better check ups to see if candidates are eligible.

In an hour we will know the outcome of the High Court decision about Federal politicians with dual citizenships, so there needs to be an inquest into the Electoral Commission and how it is they do not properly check if candidates can legally become politicians in Australia.

A  by-election in South Fremantle would be pretty unfair to the candidates as it demands more door knocking and printing material, and it is likely that many voters would not bother to send in new ballot papers.

 

Roel Loopers

EAST FREMANTLE ELECTION RESULTS

Posted in east fremantle, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill retained his seat at the local council election yesterday.

In Preston Point Ward Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail was reelected and also Tony Natale.

Richmons Ward was won by Andrew McPhail and Tony Watkins got in Woodside Ward unopposed.

 

Roel Loopers

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LAMENT ABOUT DECLINING STANDARDS OF ELECTION DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail has written an excellent opinion piece in the West Australian today about the declining standards of civic debate during the local government election campaign. 

It is indeed disappointing to read all the aggressive nonsense on social media by people who revel in personal attacks and negativity, and it is sad that some Fremantle candidates have also preferred to be negative, instead of offering ideas, visions and solutions.

McPhail writes that the democratic process has become increasingly vitriolic, with a culture of bullying and intimidation.

Democracy for me is all about people with different opinions having a robust, but respectful, conversation. It is not fair on candidates, new or incumbent, when it goes down to the low level of name-calling, personal attacks, innuendo, conspiracies and lies.

Michael McPhail writes that the declining display of compassion and kindness toward those who are willing to put their hand up is a concern.

McPhail rightly points out that we can never have too many reasonable, sensible, thoughtful, caring and open-minded councillors, and that the we need to call out disrespectful behaviour from candidates and community members.

All Fremantle Wards have now returned ballot papers of over 40% with South Fremantle ahead with 48.75% today.

You can still drop off your vote at the Fremantle Townhall reception desk today and tomorrow, and on Saturday in the Townhall till 6pm.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

HAVE YOU VOTED YET? DO IT TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 12, 2017

 

If you have not voted yet for the Fremantle local government election, do it today and definitely before 6 pm on Tuesday, as your ballot paper might otherwise not make it in time!

Local government is real grassroots democracy, so make sure you’ll get the best possible representation and select the candidate that will deliver.

 

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LAST COUNCIL MEETING BEFORE ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2017

 

This evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be the last one of the four-year term before the election, so when Council meets again in a few weeks there will be at least two new faces.

Dave Coggin vacated his seat to join the team of advisers to Premier Mark McGowan and City Ward Councillor Simon Naber is not contesting his seat, so a new Councillor will take over from him.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, North Ward Councillor Doug Thompson, South Ward’s Andrew Sullivan, Beaconsfield Ward Hannah Fitzhardinge and Hilton Ward Sam Wainwright have all been busy door knocking to retain their seat, so the voters will decide if they’ll return or be replaced by another candidate.

Whatever the outcome it is important that we acknowledge their commitment to the community and the hard work they have put in to make Fremantle an even better place.

Being a Councillor is often a thankless task as the feedback elected members get is most often criticism, but rarely kudos and that is a bit unfair.

All of us sometimes disagree with some of the decisions Councillors make, but most of the time they do a pretty good job and the community is quite unaware of how many hours that involves.

As someone who has been observing Fremantle Council for over eight years I have been impressed with the diligence and thoroughness and that every item is discussed and voted on without fear or favour, and most definitely not along party lines.

In ten days time on October 21 we will know how much Fremantle voters have appreciated what this Council has been trying to achieve, and if we want them to stay on for another four years, to finish projects they implemented and see the fruits of their labour at Kings Square.

From me personally a big thank you to all of you. I sometimes despaired about decisions you made, but often agreed, and I believe Freo is now on the right track to recovery and real economic progress. Thank you!

And no matter what the outcome in North Fremantle will be, can we get Doug Thompson heritage listed please for his very many years on Council.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

ROEL’S POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2017

 

Some inner city snobs believe I have no right to stand for City Ward at the Fremantle local government election, and that I should just F… off to Beaconsfield where I live, but it is strange that they never complained when I supported them against the inappropriate tavern at J Shed, the equally inappropriate-now scrapped- five-storey Notre Dame proposal for Cliff Street, and the awful five-storey Customs House proposal, etc.

NIMBY parochialism is best left to the narrow-minded, so I will continue to support Fremantle whenever and wherever I can, as I have done for many years.

TRIP ADVISOR notified me today that last month 13,303 people read some or all of my 28 reviews about Fremantle businesses and attractions. That is the stuff I already do for Fremantle!

From those readers 72% where from Australia, 9% from Singapore, 4% from Malaysia and 15% from other countries.

I’ll leave it to others to talk down our city whenever they can, to score political points, while I’ll continue with my positive support for our traders.

If elected on Council I will be part of finding creative solutions and good outcomes.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward! 

ELECTORAL COMMISSION INCOMPETENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

The missing ballot papers saga for the Fremantle local government election appears to be more widespread, with voters in the inner city and South Fremantle also only receiving the Ward ballot paper, but not the one to elect the next Mayor of Fremantle.

I hear it is not contained to Fremantle only, but is also happening at other councils.

We already read the story of Kalgoorlie ballot papers having been sent to Nedland, 600 km away, so this is a true shambles.

Only a few years ago there was a big investigation into how the WA Electoral Commission managed to lose hundreds of votes during the federal election, so heads need to roll now as this is not acceptable.

The outcome of the mayoral election might well be challenged by either or both of the candidates. It could even delay the election.

And let’s just remind ourselves that the tax payers will have to pay for the incompetence as new ballot papers will have to be sent out.

It is unbelievable!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

FREO MAYOR BALLOT PAPER MISSING

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2017

 

One has to wonder about the WA Electoral Commission. A few years ago they lost a whole lot of votes, and earlier this week it was revealed that Kalgoorlie ballot papers had been sent to Nedlands.

I just heard from a North Fremantle friend that he only received one ballot paper for the ward, but not the one for mayor in his envelope, while his wife received both.

One has to wonder how many ballot papers were not included in the envelopes and how many voters actually know they should receive two, one for the ward and one to elect the mayor.

If you only received one ballot paper in your envelope please immediately contact the returning officer Jeff Clarke at the City of Fremantle!

How difficult can it be, I wonder, to get something as simple as a mail-out right.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

BALLOT PAPERS ARRIVING. VOTE!!!!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2017

 

VOTE!

 

I received my ballot papers for the Fremantle council election today, gave two ticks, signed and dated it, sealed the envelope, et voila! as the French say.

Please VOTE! It is really important that you participate. Your vote could just make the difference of getting a progressive and positive candidate over the line.

Negativity is not a way forward.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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