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ELECTION PHOTOS THAT TELL A STORY

Posted in asylum seekers, democracy, election, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 2, 2016

public profile of Freo's Liberal candidate

medicare for detentio centres?

 

 

My slightly cynical nature sometimes comes through during election time, so I could not resist taken these two photos at the Fremantle Primary School poling station this morning.

The first photo very well portraits the extremely low public profile the Liberal candidate has in Fremantle. I noticed her only once ever during the campaign.

The second photo might be an indication that Labor will roll out Medicare for detention centres. “We’ll put people first.” as long as they don’t arrive by boat, hey Bill Shorten!

Roel Loopers

HUNDREDS AT FREO SAFE HARBOUR REFUGEE RALLY

Posted in asylum seekers, australia, fremantle, politics, refugees, western australia by freoview on June 25, 2016

 

Many hundreds of people marched through the Fremantle CBD at lunchtime on Saturday during the FREO SAFE HARBOUR rally, demanding the closure of detention centres and an end to off shore processing, and a more humanitarian approach toward refugees by the Australian government.

Roel Loopers

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PALM SUNDAY WALK FOR REFUGEES

Posted in asylum seekers, city of fremantle, refugees by freoview on March 19, 2016

City of Fremantle Councillors, staff and the community will show their support for refugees by marching in the annual Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees this Sunday 20 March.

The group will gather at 11.30 am at Pioneer Park (opposite Fremantle Train Station) and board a train to Perth to join the main event at 1.00 pm outside St George’s Cathedral.

Fremantle councillor and refugee rights advocate Cr Sam Wainwright said the Walk For Justice aimed to shed light on the injustices refugees face when attempting to seek refuge in Australia.

“Overwhelming evidence indicates severe and systemic abuse of asylum seekers’ human rights is occurring within Australia’s immigration processing system,” Cr Wainwright said.

“We’ve seen a recent surge of concern about the conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres in particular as a result of the impending deportation of 267 asylum seekers. A lot of this attention was focused around the fate of “Baby Asha”, who doctors in Brisbane only agreed to release on the condition she would not be returned to Nauru.

“It’s completely unacceptable to detain people like this and I’m really proud of the actions the Fremantle council has taken recently to help defend the rights and raise the profiles of these innocent people.

“We’re now calling on our famously compassionate local community to stand together to support refugee rights by attending the march with us,” Cr Wainwright said.

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FREO GIMMICK WILL NOT HELP REFUGEES

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on February 26, 2016

I know my opinion will upset some of my close friends and people I respect in the community, but I believe it would be a mere gimmick for the City of Fremantle to cut ties with Wilson Security and other companies because they are involved with offshore detention centres.

Everyone who knows me and connects with me through this blog and social media knows that I am absolutely and totally against offshore and onshore detention centres. I do not believe that women, men and children deserve to be held behind razor wire for indefinite and very long periods. It is wrong, no matter what spin the Labor and Liberal parties put up about it.

Wilson Security does not make the policies of Australia, they are made by our politicians and government and to ban the company from getting contracts from Fremantle City will not make one iota of a difference to the asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. Their conditions and lifestyle will not improve one bit because of it and the razor wires won’t come down just because the City of Fremantle makes a feel-good empty gesture that is meaningless.

We need to lobby our political parties and the federal government! To start blaming contractors is a pretty narrow view of what goes on and the bipartisan attitude of the Labor and Liberal leaders. That needs to change, not who runs the facilities!

There are federal and state elections coming up. Tell your politicians what you think about detention centres and how Australia mishandels the refugees crisis. That is where we might be able to make a difference and finally find political leaders who have the guts and backbone to change the inhumane asylum policies!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WELCOMES REFUGEES

Posted in fremantle, refugees by freoview on June 14, 2015

A large crowd turned up on Sunday for the annual REFUGEES FIESTA at the Fremantle Esplanade. Whadjuk Nyoongar Elder Theresa Walley gave a welcome to country while Deputy and Acting Mayor Josh Wilson welcomed the people to the city.

There was a drumming circle and food and information stalls and live music entertainment after the march through the inner city.

Roel Loopers

WELCOME TO COUNTRY

Posted in australia, fremantle, refugees by freoview on May 8, 2015

welcome to country

This welcome to country sign on the ‘wedding wall’ at Fremantle’s Cliff Street is a welcome reminder that Australia embraces multiculturalism and immigration and that we are not a mob of racist bigots. On June 14 the annual Refugees Welcome Fiesta will be on at the Esplanade, so come and say hello to new Australians and get to know them.

Roel Loopers

FREO FOR FREEDOM!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 1, 2014

Freo for Freedom

FREO FOR FREEDOM is a day of humanity, compassion and care and trying to resolve how we can better deal with asylum seekers and boat people. There are workshops, social education, collaboration and there is lawn bowls, music and comedy.

It’s all happening at the North Fremantle Bowling Club from 2 pm this Sunday November 2 with a hip hop freestyle comedy show evening from 6 pm.

Roel Loopers

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WELCOME REFUGEES TO AUSTRALIA

Posted in fremantle, refugees by freoview on October 16, 2014

Walk Together

I realise I will be criticised for being a loony Fremantle ignorant, left wing, do-gooder for promoting the WALK TOGETHER event on October 25, but showing more compassion to asylum seekers and boat people is something I am very passionate about because I believe we need to share better with those whose lives are threatened or who live in poverty.

I watched part of a doco on how Italy deals with boat people and the humanity of it made me feel ashamed about how Australia treats these people.

Anyway, check out where the events are held all over Australia on my birthday on http://www.welcometoaustralia.org.au.

Roel Loopers

REFUGEES SHOULD BE WORLD’S PRIORITY

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on June 15, 2014

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Hundreds of people joined the annual WELCOME TO REFUGEES walk through Fremantle on Sunday and enjoyed the live music on the Esplanade. I noticed Mayor Brad Pettitt, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Labor Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and Freo Councillor Ingrid Waltham among the crowd.

For me the international asylum seekers crisis is the number one priority in the world, just ahead of the global warming concerns. There needs to be immediate help for the millions who get raped, tortured, starve and die, and for the poor children who are forced into prostitution.

It is not acceptable that we allow people to remain in refugee camps for many years and often indefinitely, and for Australia to shift its refugee responsibilities overseas. Compassion is not just a word, it requires action!

Roel Loopers

NO CRIME TO SEEK ASYLUM FREO FIESTA

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on June 9, 2014

Refugee Welcome June 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The annual REFUGEE WELCOME Fiesta and Walk is on again on the Fremantle Esplanade this Sunday June 15 from 11.30 am to 3 pm. ‘It is no crime to seek asylum’ calls for more compassion for refugees, boat people and asylum seekers and for a more humane treatment of them. To ship off people who seek asylum in Australia to overseas detention centres is illegal under internaional law and should be condemned.

There will be food and art&craft stalls, children entertainment and live music and speakers such as Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. Join in the drumming circle at 11.30. it’s fun!

Roel Loopers

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