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FREMANTLE MP JOSH WILSON RESIGNS

 

Josh Wilson MP

 

Fremantle Federal MP Josh Wilson is one of three Labor members who have resigned from parliament this morning after the High Court ruling about dual citizenship.

I am devastated for Josh as he is a highly intelligent and dedicated politician who has worked very hard in Canberra and in his electorate since he got elected.

Josh Wilson was one of my favourite Fremantle Councillors because he is a very genuine and likeable person and I have been impressed with the many speeches he has given in Federal Parliament.

Josh said in a media release this morning that he will fight the by-election that now needs to be held, short before the Prime Minister will call a general federal election.

I have no doubt the Fremantle people are a bit tired of yet another election campaign, but Josh Wilson deserves a second chance as he has been a tireless worker for Fremantle for many years. He will have my support!

Roel Loopers

From Josh Wilson’s media release:

The new interpretation of the law means the question of whether a person took all ‘reasonable steps’ to renounce foreign citizenship simply doesn’t exist for dual Australian-British citizens, irrespective of the administrative delay in the process (which is generally 2-4 months). Under the new interpretation any prospective candidate must have their British citizenship deregistered before the close of nominations. In my case that was effectively impossible.

I was endorsed as a late replacement Labor candidate in Fremantle on 12 May 2016 and completed the requisite UK Home Office paperwork to renounce my British citizenship on that day. I mailed the renunciation form and attached documents on Friday, 13 May, using express registered post. I received confirmation that the documents has been received by the UK Home Office on Monday, 16 May. The processing fee for renunciation was withdrawn from my bank on 6 June. I nominated the following day, two days before the close of nominations. I received a letter from the UK Home Office dated 24 June saying that my British citizenship had been deregistered, with a copy of the renunciation form stamped 29 June 2016.

I was elected on 2 July 2016. I have not served a single day as anything other than an Australian citizen.

I was born in London when my parents were on a working holiday. My mum was expecting me when they travelled to the UK, and I returned home with them at the age of one after we’d travelled in Europe for 6 months in a Kombi van. Both my parents were born in Australia. My great-great-grandfather came to Fremantle as a convict in the 1860s. I have never lived in the UK, and have only visited there twice, in 1998 and 2012, for a few weeks each time.

In any case, the High Court’s interpretation of the law has changed and I respect that ruling. That means I must resign as the Member for Fremantle and contest the forthcoming by-election.

As I said in my first speech, I can’t imagine a more meaningful kind of work than to represent the community where I’ve lived virtually all my life. Every opportunity I am given to ask the people of Fremantle to trust me with the responsibility of being their representative in the national parliament is an opportunity I will relish.

I am looking forward to once again seeking that trust and responsibility in the weeks to come, and I am happy to be considered by voters in the Fremantle electorate on the basis of my character, principles, work-ethic, and record.

NO SWEARING AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 19, 2018

 

A catchy headline for a non event. ; >)

The swearing in ceremony for Andrew Sullivan, who won the South Ward by-election on Friday will not take place today during an extraordinary council meeting, but will instead be conducted an the Ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday March 28 at 6 pm.

Council meetings are held at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

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There will be a candidate forum for the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election this Thursday March 1 at 7.30pm at The Local hotel on South Terrace.

I won’t be attending though as I have already voted, and so have most people who bother to take part in the council election.

Ballot papers were delivered 10 days ago and according to the WA Electoral Commission the vast majority of people vote during the first five days of receiving their ballot paper, so Thursday’s exercise seems a bit futile.

Roel Loopers

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LOOPY ON YET ANOTHER FREO ELECTION FLYER

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

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Look who made it onto the flyer of Andrew Sullivan for the Fremantle South Ward by-election.

It’s a young(er) looking Roel-Loopy-Loopers when he received the Australia Day Fremantle Citizen of the Year Award in 2013..

Vote for Andrew. He is the best candidate for the job by many country miles!

 

Roel Loopers

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!

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