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VOTING STARTS FOR FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2018

 

 

The early voting Fremantle office in the Adelaide Plaza in Adelaide Street opened this morning, the same day I received the official guide for the Fremantle by-election from the Australian Electoral Commission in my letterbox.

Only Labor candidate Josh Wilson and a small group of volunteers were at the polling booth this morning, but there are seven candidates for the federal seat of Fremantle.

Election day is Saturday July 28, so less than three weeks from now.

My vote will go to Josh Wilson, a man I have a lot of respect for.

 

Roel Loopers

JOSH WILSON ELECTION LAUNCH TONIGHT

 

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The official election campaign launch of Fremantle Labor candidate Josh Wilson is on this evening, although Josh and his team have already been pounding the streets and been knocking on doors for weeks.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, one of my favourite politicians, will be at the launch at Victoria Hall tonight.

It starts at 6.30, so if you want to know what Josh can do for Fremantle, and what Labor wants to achieve if elected at the big federal election next year, come along.

Roel Loopers

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DON’T FORGET TO VOTE AT THE BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2018

 

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If you are not on the electoral roll you can not vote at the Fremantle federal by-election next month.

You have only till Friday to get yourself registered on the roll to be able to vote on Super Saturday on July 28.

My vote will go to former Fremantle Councillor and Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson who has served our community very well and who gave some excellent speeches during his time in Canberra.

Roel Loopers

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LAST DAYS TO VOTE FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on March 11, 2018

 

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The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided this coming Friday Mach 16, so if you have not sent in your ballot paper yet do it now!

You can also drop off the envelope at the City of Fremantle reception at Fremantle Oval till Thursday and on Friday at the Townhall till 6pm when votes will be counted.

Roel Loopers

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LOW BENCHMARKS FOR SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

It was a kind of groundhog day and deja vu all over again feeling at the Fremantle South Ward candidate forum at The Local, that was attended by less than twenty members of the community.

We have basically heard it all before and a lot of it is based on ignorance and the fact that candidates can’t be bothered to attend council meetings, so they have an opinion based on hear say.

The accusations flew wild; There is only one narrative at Fremantle and councillors are too close so there is only rubber stamping. Council looks after developers and businesses but not after residents. There is no due process, community participation, or consultation.

The elected members set themselves low benchmarks, one candidate who has never been to a council meeting said, and that it was questionable if the new South Beach basketball court was a good return for money.

Ignorance always annoys me, but it annoys me even more when it comes from people who want to be our next councillors. If they are too lazy to do their homework and attend council meetings and inform themselves, what benchmark do they set themselves then to be an elected member one has to wonder?

I left the meeting when they started to dig in why there was a by-election and if maybe council or the incumbent should have done more to prevent the inexcusable blunder by WA Electoral Commission staff who allowed an non eligible person to be a candidate.

Did I hear any new ideas about where Fremantle should go, any long term plans? No, none, just good old council bashing. Very disappointing!

Roel Loopers

 

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VOTE SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

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If you live in South Ward of the City of Fremantle and have not sent in your ballot paper yet, please do it today!

Just about 40 per cent of eligible voters participated in the October local government election in Fremantle and that is disappointing.

I already voted for Andrew Sullivan because from my close-up observations of Fremantle Council Sullivan has been a very impressive contributor with a huge knowledge of local government procedure and planning.

The South Ward by-election was made necessary after an unforgivable blunder of the WA Electoral Commission, so now we have to go through the process again.

Voting is not only your democratic duty and right but a privilege that many people around the world envy us for.

VOTE PLEASE!

Roel Loopers

THREE CANDIDATES FOR SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2018

 

There are just three candidates for the City of Fremantle South Ward local government by-election to be held on March 16, after a blunder by the Returning Officer and WA Electoral Commission.

The October election results were ruled invalid by court after it was deemed that candidate Ben Moodie had not been eligible to contest the election because he did not live in Fremantle.

Long-time Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who won the invalid October election, will stand again, and so will Marija Vujcic who challenged the outcome of the election. She came third after Liam Carter, who will not re-contest.

The new and third candidate for the South Ward seat is Fremantle family lawyer Chris Williams.

Ballot papers will be posted out as early as February 16, so make sure you vote if you live in the ward!

Roel Loopers

SHOCK DEPARTURE FROM SOUTH FREMANTLE ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2018

 

It comes as a big surprise to read in the Fremantle Herald this morning that Liam Carter will not re-nominate for the March City of Fremantle South Ward by-election.

Carter came only 57 votes behind Andrew Sullivan at the October election, which has since been declared invalid because of a huge blunder by the Electoral Commission, which wrongly accepted the nomination of Ben Moodie.

The election results were challenged in court by Maria Vujcic, who came third after Sullivan and Carter.

It will be interesting to see if new candidates will nominate now that it looks to be only a two people race between Sullivan and Vujcic.

Roel Loopers

MAKE IT A HOT COMMUNITY FREO SUNDAY

 

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It promises to be a hot Sunday, but there is plenty to do in Fremantle, so don’t stay at home.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on from 8am till midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.

The Fremantle Arts Centre Christmas Bazaar is on from 10-5 and the In Cahoots Aboriginal art show is there as well.

Not far from there the East Fremantle Festival in George Street is on from 1-7pm.

And last but not least the NEVER AGAIN book launch about the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link protests is at the Town Hall from 5-10 pm with live music, readings, speeches, food and drinks.

It’s going to be a busy Sunday for those who like to connect with their Freo community. Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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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

 

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