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ONLY TWO MORE DAYS TO NOMINATE FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 10, 2019

 

Nominations for the Fremantle local government election close this Thursday September 12 at close of business, so if you have the desire to become one of Freo’s new Councillors don’t miss the deadline.

The postal election is on October 19 and East Ward and Hilton Ward will have new elected members as Ingrid Waltham and Jeff McDonald have announced they will not nominate.

We know that Rachel Pemberton in City Ward and Bryn Jones in North Fremantle will try to get another four years and South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan told me last Wednesday that he will nominate as well, while Beaconsfield Ward Dave Hume had not made up his mind a week ago.

Local councils are very important and give the community a chance to particip[ate, so please don’t waste your vote!

If you have nominated, or intend to do so, let me know please so I can let the Fremantle community know who the candidates are.

Roel Loopers

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LOCAL COUNCILLOR A THANKLESS TASK

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, election, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2019

 

The Local Government Election is a mere seven weeks away and we already know that in Fremantle at least two Councillors, Waltham and McDonald, will not nominate to get re-elected, so a chance for some new faces on Council.

I believe that local council is the closest we get to grassroots democracy and that is probably why many people are often critical of the Elected Members and feel disenfranchised and not represented by their Council. That is not a unique issue for Fremantle as community newspapers all over the Perth region are full with letters to editors complaining about their councils.

Fact is though that the community, well, those of us who bother to vote at local government elections, elected the Council we are having and that many of our Councillors have been re-elected, which presumably is a vote of confidence for what they have been doing.

North Ward Councillor Doug Thompson is one of the longest sitting members on Fremantle Council, Mayor Brad Pettitt was elected three times, South Ward Councillors Andrew Sullivan and Jon Strachan were re-elected and so were City Ward Councillor Rachel Pemberton and Beaconsfield Ward’s Dave Hume, so it is wrong to say that our Councillors do not represent the community.

It is impossible for any government to please everyone. I often don’t agree with the Federal Liberal government, but have to accept that they were elected by the people. Those on the left of politics feel misrepresented by those on the right of politics and vice versa, that is a simple reality we all have to accept in our democracy.

I disagree with some of the decisions made at Fremantle Council and agree with others, that is the nature of us humans that we have different opinions, tastes and preferences. One only has to sit through Planning Committee meetings to realise Councillors cannot please everyone. While neighbours of a proposed development will argue about losing privacy, overshadowing, etc. the proponents will say that their plans have little impact on the neighbours, so who is right? At the end Councillors will have to abide by the rules and regulations and advise from the expert planning staff and design advisory panel. Whatever decision they make will please some and upset others, that is government for you.

Being a Councillor is a thankless task, although the community should be grateful that people stand up and are willing to do the hard yards on council. Councillors are members of our community, they are like you and me and live in Fremantle, and they also have to live like all of us with the democratic decisions made.

When I read about the shambles at the City of Perth I feel even more comfortable with the Elected Members we have in Fremantle, because all of them are there to do their very best for our community and city. They might not always get it right but they make decisions with integrity and without fear or favour, and that is what we elected them to do.

PLEASE do vote on October 19 and if you really want to make a positive contribution to our city nominate and try to become a local Councillor!

Roel Loopers

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WHO WANTS TO BE A FREO COUNCILLOR?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on August 27, 2019

 

While Fremantle Councillors and community members are not normally shy in coming forward, it is still a mystery who will nominate for the Local Government election that will be held on October 19.

So far we know that City Ward Councillor Rachel Pemberton and North Ward Councillor Bryn Jones will try to get re-elected while Hilton Ward Councillor Jeff McDonald has declared he won’t contest the election.

Chris Jenkins of the Socialist Alliance has declared he will nominate for Beaconsfield Ward, but we have yet to hear from other members of the community who might like to step up and join our council.

Local Government is grassroots democracy where one can make a real difference, so show your dedication for our great city and community and nominate!

Roel Loopers

UPDATE!  I hear Frank Mofflin will nominate for Hilton Ward!

READY TO VOTE AT THE FREMANTLE COUNCIL ELECTION?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

Local government is the closest we get to grassroots democracy, so it is extremely important to vote at local council elections. The people we vote on Council will represent us for four years, so don’t be complacent and help get the Council you believe will best represent the Fremantle community. This is especially important for young people who have just reached voting age!

Are you enrolled to vote for Fremantle’s next local government election on October 19?

You can check your enrollment status by visiting https://check.aec.gov.au/ or by contacting 13 63 06. Enrollments close Friday August 30.

Roel Loopers

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G’DAY. IT’S STILL A GREAT COUNTRY

 

One lesson we need to learn from this election is that we should not allow politicians to run fear campaigns, and that applies to all parties!

Fear divides the community and fear allows politicians to take more and more of our liberties from us, because they claim that only then will we live in a safe society.

What we-all of us-need to do is create an environment of trust and safety where we communicate respectfully with one another, instead of campaigns of accusation, innuendo and fear.

Fear makes us less tolerant and less accepting of those with different views, but the others are not the enemy, they are fellow Australians who believe in different solutions and options. That does not make them bad people, or worse than we are, they are different and have the same high hopes for the future as we do. They just believe that it can be achieved in different ways.

When we still live in a country that believes in the urban myth of fair go, we need to grow up and accept that we are not the best country in the world, but among many really great countries. And we need to acknowledge that we are far from perfect and like everywhere else on earth we are looking for strong leadership, but what we are getting instead is political parties who just want to beat the other party. It is about them, not us and that is not good, and only we can change that by demanding better governance.

We cannot blame those who are unemployed for wanting jobs and we cannot even blame them that climate change is not a priority when you are struggling to put food on the table.

Those of us who were hoping for a new government in Canberra are very disappointed, but the sun is shining and the sky is blue in Fremantle and most of us have a roof over our head, so let’s reflect and be grateful for what we have instead of being disappointed.

Australia is still a relatively young country and we have to endure the growing pains. We can do that by nurturing more and criticising less.

Have a brilliant Sunday. The sun will rise again tomorrow and we will still wake up in a peaceful country that offers many opportunities, so embrace that.

Roel Loopers

TOO COLD FOR EARLY FREO VOTING

 

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It is a very crisp morning in Fremantle so voters must have decided to sleep in a bit longer as it was extremely quiet at the two polling stations I went to.

No queues at Fremantle Primary School and at St Patrick’s Primary, so I was in and out in two minutes.

I could not resist the backlit poster where it appears the ScoMo mob is behind bars. 😳

 

Roel Loopers

 

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IT IS DEMOCRACY DAY!

Posted in australia, city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2019

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It’s D Day for Australia. Decision Day-Democracy Day, and to find out if all together we were intelligent enough to not get sucked in by Palmer’s rubbish and the one-sided pro Liberal reporting of the West Australian and Murdoch press.

The best thing about election days is that it is the end of boring and negative election campaigns and that there is a sausage sizzle and cake stall at many of the schools where we lodge our vote.

In about 13 hours from now (it is 6.42am as I write this) we should know if we got a new PM or if the old one has managed to hold on. Good luck Australia!

Roel Loopers

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NOTHING NEW AT FREMANTLE ELECTION DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2019

 

The Fremantle Candidate Debate at Tannock Hall was never going to be a great debate with the absence of the Liberal Party candidate, so it was not surprising that there were fewer people in the audience than at previous election debates. It did not help either that ScoMo and Shorto were having a third TV debate at the same time.

I had been hoping for a few laughs listening to the One Nation candidate, but could only feel sorry for the politically inadequate mumbling Brett Weary who clearly was enormously out of his depth. What was funny though that he kept enthusiastically nodding whenever Socialist Alliance candidate Sam Wainwright spoke. If Pauline only knew.

The gross inaction on climate change by the present Australian government was lamented by Greens candidate Jesse Hutchinson who said we needed to get out of the coal business and change the narrative to renewable energy. Sam Wainwright for the Socialist Alliance agreed and said it was as if we are in a bus with a lunatic in the driver’s seat. “Forgo the profits and stop selling coal to the world.”

Labor MP Josh Wilson said it all depended on what Australia was going to do about climate change and that his party will take action, if elected. They would supercharge renewable energy. While the current government does not believe in climate change Labor has a clear policy and are ambitious about what can be done. “We have to make a start!”

Janetia Knapp for the Western Australian Party said that Aboriginal people knew how to look after the environment, that wildlife was disappearing and landfill affecting the environment.

What about electric cars? Josh Wilson said we are so far behind the rest of the world in Australia, while Jesse Hutchinson promised we can be the world leader in electric cars and reach a 100% electric car use by 2030. Youthful optimism or naivety?

It was a rather strange question what the next Federal Government would do about Fremantle’s retail challenge, and Josh Wilson rightly pointed out that the challenge is not unique to Fremantle but is happening all over Perth and Australia.

Sam Wainright said better public transport needed to be provided to those living outside of Freo so that it would be easier to get into town without a car. The One Nation candidate though that we just needed to relocate Adventure World into Fremantle and all our retail worries would be over.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has structural flaws and people do not get the quality of support they need, and there is not enough support for people who need to be out in the community. The cultural leadership of the NDIS has to be provided by people with a disability, Josh Wilson suggested.

Homelessness was also a topic with 16,000 youth under the age of 12 being without shelter in Australia. Janetia Knapp said kids as young as seven were roaming the streets at night because for some it was not safe to go home. “Governments need to talk to the Aboriginal people!”

Jesse Hutchinson said it was a disgrace and nobody should have to sleep rough. Raising Newstart would help them pay the rent, and education can help liberate kids. Homelessness is a big issue and needs to be a national priority!

There is far too much under-employment of young people and Janetia Knapp questioned why Aboriginal youth can’t get work even when they have the right qualifications.

Sam Wainwright said that small businesses should share the responsibility of training, that migrant workers were not the issue, but those on temporary working visas are.

Jesse Hutchinson said we needed to ask ourselves what work in the future would look like. “Bring back the free Uni and TAFE”  That got thunderous applause in the Notre Dame University hall.

Josh Wilson said that 9 out of 10 future jobs would at least require TAFE level education and that Labor would give more funding to public schools and TAFE. “We have not closed the gap (as far as Aboriginal education is concerned).

What to do about the distrust and disengagement of political parties being at an all-time high? The Greens candidate said that the massive corporate donations needed to stop. “Clean up politics and bring it back to the people!”

Josh Wilson believed that the lack of trust came from media sensationalism and that politicians needed to lead by example by being open, trustworthy and honest.

All in all there was nothing said that we had not heard before, and no doubt many of it will be relentlessly repeated over the next ten days.

For me the best moment of an election campaign is when it is over.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO ELECTION DEBATE TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Federal election candidate debate is on tonight in a Q&A format, with lecturers of Notre Dame University joining the party candidates.

Moderators are former ABC political reporter Peter Holland and Fremantle Herald Chief of Staff Steve Grant.

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30 start at Tannock Hall on Cliff Street corner Croke Street.

The Liberal Party and United Australian Party candidates have declined to be scrutinised and that is very bad form.

Roel Loopers

 

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LIBERAL AND PALMER CANDIDATES NOT AT FREMANTLE ELECTION DEBATE

 

It is clear-and not surprising-that accountability and scrutiny are not high on the agenda of the Liberal Party and Clive Palmer’s rabble. The candidates of these parties have declined to take part in the Fremantle Candidates Debate on May 8.

But we will at least be able to get a good laugh out of what Pauline Hanson’s Freo candidate will have to say as they have confirmed attendance.

So the candidates of Labor, Greens and some minor parties will be attending, but is it going to be a great Q&A without the governing party being brave enough to allow their candidate to be scrutinised on their record? It’s a shame and pretty cowardly from the Liberals.

Anyway, the not so great debate is on at the Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University at Cliff Street from 6pm on May 8.

Roel Loopers

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