Freo's View

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

EARLY VOTING CENTRES NOW OPEN

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2019

 

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The Federal Election is now becoming serious with early voting centres opening today, like this one at the Adelaide Plaza in Fremantle. It’s next to the St Patrick’s Basilica.

The first debate is also on here in Perth today between the leaders of the not much party and the even less party, so that will be as exciting as watching grass grow.

Whenever an election commercial is shown on TV I switch channels because I am sick and tired already of the negative campaigns of the major parties and the rubbish of Clive Palmer’s  Un Australian Party.

If voting was not such a privilege I would not bother to vote this year, but I’ll just have to live with the frustration and bite the bullet to vote for the party I’ll believe will do a slightly better job.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ELECTION CANDIDATES DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2019

 

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Early notice that the traditional Federal Election Candidates Forum will be held in Fremantle on Wednesday May 8 from 6.30-10pm.

The debate will be in the ABC TV Q&A style with former political reporter and now Notre Dame University lecturer Peter Holland as moderator, assisted by Steve Grant the Chief of Staff of the Fremantle Herald.

It will be held at Tannock Hall of NDA at Cliff Street, just opposite the Herald building.

All candidates have been invited but it is too early to say which ones have confirmed attendance.

Will Fremantle get more than just a new traffic bridge should Labor win the election Josh Wilson?

Roel Loopers

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WILL AUSTRALIA EVER HAVE A BLACK PM?

Posted in abc, aboriginal, city of fremantle, democracy, elections, indigenous, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2019

 

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The ABC screening this Sunday at 7.40 pm of Will Australia Ever Have a Black PM? is very timely three weeks before the Federal Election.

I remember the joy of a first female PM, when Obama was elected President of the USA, and marriage equality, so I hope that a black PM, or president, of Australia will still happen in my lifetime, but I think that might be a bit too optimistic.

It is special for me that my friend young Fremantle Aboriginal woman Shari Hutchison was the Attachment Producer of the documentary. She traveled all over Australia with the team to film the interviews, so I am looking forward to viewing the result of all the hard work.

Roel Loopers

 

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MELVILLE WAVE PARK REJECTION SIMILAR TO FREO’S J SHED TAVERN

 

The rejection by the State Government of the proposed wave park in the City of Melville is a huge win for the community there and has a lot in common with the State’s rejection of the planned tavern at J Shed on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

It is quite intriguing to notice that both local councils approved the controversial plans against huge community opposition and outrage and that even the community votes at special electors meetings were ignored.

One has to wonder also about the proposed location of a wave park in Melville that is just a 20-minute drive to Fremantle beaches. From memory there has even been an application for a small wave park near Port Beach, which makes even less sense.

It is nice to notice that the planning approval process, that is often criticised, worked well in both instances and that inappropriate uses of crown land were rejected by the State.

Roel Loopers

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