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DUAL CITIZENSHIP SAGA FREO CONNECTION

Posted in democracy, elections, fremantle, fremantle herald, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2017

 

There is a Fremantle connection with the Federal Parliament dual-citizenhip fiasco, with the West Australian reporting today that former Fremantle Herald sub-editor and now MP for Lyons in Tasmania, might have been an Irish national when elected.

It is beyond me that there are no stricter rules and balances in place in Canberra in this matter. Surely some department should be responsible for checking the citizenship status for all members before they are sworn in, or when nominating, as self checks quite clearly don’t work.

This is a huge waste of time and now money for courts costs and lawyers, and in the meantime we might have a case where government decisions could be challenged because ineligible politicians voted.

Should those who unlawfully were in parliament pay back their wages, and should those who came second in the ballot now have a claim for loss of income?

If anyone thought that the UTOPIA series on ABC TV is a satire, think again. This is how our governments operate and that is a very serious worry!

 

Roel Loopers

UNFAIR ROE 8 ATTACKS ON FREMANTLE HERALD

Posted in fremantle, fremantle herald, media, newspaper by freoview on February 15, 2017

I am disappointed to hear that the Fremantle Herald has received a lot of negative calls and emails regarding the Liberal Party wrap around they published a few weeks ago, which promoted the Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 highway project. People even told the Chook to no longer deliver the paper to them.

The Fremantle Herald is a very important institution for our city. It is so iconic that it should be heritage listed and it does not deserve the unwarranted attacks by narrow-focussed people.

It also published a wrap around by the Labor Party against the Roe 8/PFL project, so that pretty much balances it out.

Simple fact is that a small community paper like the Herald only can operate because of advertising revenue. Without substantial ads it can not pay staff and delivery people and we all would miss out on our only independent local paper.

Unlike our major daily newspaper that tries to brainwash us with right-wing opinion pieces by Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine and Paul Murray the Chook is nowadays quite balanced, after a period of being extremely negative about the City of Fremantle.

Newspapers do not endorse the companies that advertise with them. An advertisement in the Herald for a cafe or restaurant does not mean it recommends you go there or that the food is great. If the Herald only published advertisement from companies and products they endorse, they would not survive. It’s as simple as that!

Fact is that the Herald does not get several pages of advertising each week from major department and retail stores, because we don’t have any in the Chook’s distribution area, so our local paper is struggling to survive, as many of our traders are.

I love Fremantle because of the many passionate and caring people and I am very impressed with the Beeliar Wetlands daily protest they have kept up, but to say that the Herald cannot publish ads of political parties you don’t agree with is very Hanson/Trumpish and it is a very unrealistic stand to take.

The Herald deserves a fair go and our support because without it Fremantle would be poorer for it.

Roel Loopers

GREEDY FREMANTLE DOCKERS NOT GOOD SPORTS

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, community, fremantle dockers, fremantle herald by freoview on December 3, 2016

The Thinking Allowed article in the Fremantle Herald by passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter Chris Lewis makes good points about corporate greed.

Lewis points out that the Dockers want cash for a lease they don’t pay for and that was handed to them rent-free by the City of Fremantle, which wanted to support the new club in 1994 and also gave them a loan guarantee.

Chris Lewis calls it “One of the most selfish one-sided community plays ever seen in Australian elite sport.”

Lewis, who led the Keep Freo in Freo campaign, for which I started the Facebook page, is very irate that the Dockers are happy to use the outstanding brand Fremantle in their name, even when they are moving to Cockburn in 2017, so maybe the City of Fremantle should insist the Dockers drop Fremantle from their name, similar to the Fitzroy Football Club when they moved to Brisbane and became the Brisbane Lions.

There is always something very unsavoury about corporate greed and a lack of values, and sport is moving more and more away from being community-minded. It’s all about money and the triple bottom line and paying often  under performing young “stars’ and over-paid administrators big bucks at the expensive of the community and supporters.

The Fremantle Dockers’ demand for payment from the City of Fremantle  to leave Fremantle Oval is a disgrace and should become a national shame for them!

Roel Loopers

WYOLA CLUB TO CLOSE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in community, fremantle, fremantle herald, social club, western australia by freoview on June 24, 2016

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It is a real shame that another social club is closing its doors in Fremantle’s West End. The Fremantle Herald reports today that the Wyola Club in High Street will be closing as it has run out of money, after it sold the building only a few years ago for a few millions.

The Fremantle Workers and Social Club is still hanging in there at the South Fremantle Football Club at Fremantle Oval and will relocate to a new shared club house in Parry Street at the tennis club there in a few years, so go and support them. There is live music on weekends!

Roel Loopers

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PUBLIC OUTRAGE ABOUT FREO CHOOK MURDER REPORTING

Posted in fremantle, fremantle herald, media by freoview on June 5, 2015

To its credit the Fremantle Herald today published 15 letters to the editor that expressed outrage about the insensitive gossip tabloid ‘journalism’ written by Herald owner Andrew Smith about the murder of Reuben Stack in East Fremantle.

Last week’s front page article was a mix of rumours, innuendo and an opinion piece that had very little substance. It is laudable that the newspaper published so many letters, but to his discredit Chook owner Andrew Smith did not have the grace to respond and apologise for his highly inappropriate article.

Many Fremantle people have been bewildered about the Herald, which was our favourite paper. It was always controversial, a bit quirky, informative about upcoming events and reporting on those that happened, but that has all changed. We realise it is difficult in this age of immediacy to remain relevant as a weekly paper because of on-line papers, bloggers and social media, but the free range Chook standards have dropped to a level where I sadly hear many people say they no longer read it. I hope that can be reversed.

A unique city like Fremantle deserves and wants a unique community paper the Fremantle Herald once was. I for one hope that they will go back to becoming the talk of the town again and have that very Freo spirit and reporting they had years ago. The Fremantle community rightly expects from the Herald that they scrutinise Council, but also that they support what is happening in our city and by doing that support our local businesses.

Roel Loopers

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