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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

FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION ON JULY 28

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

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The Federal by-election for the seat of Fremantle is still two months away with the Electoral Commission announcing it will be held on July 28.

It looks like the Liberal/National government quite likes a depleted opposition, so we should be glad the five by-elections around the nation will be held this year. The by-elections are necessary because of dual citizenship issues.

I will back Josh Wilson, whom I like and respect as a person and as a politician. He was an excellent councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fremantle, so Josh4Freo will get my vote.

The photo above is of Josh Wilson with his wife and three children in their Fremantle home.

Roel Loopers

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NO NEED FOR CLIVE PALMER TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS

Posted in city of fremantle, politicians, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

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What horror to see that infamous Queensland mining millionaire Clive Palmer is back on the political scene. Make Australia Great. Yes please, but we don’t need your help Clive! Thanks.

I noticed the billboard on the left at Little Lefroy yesterday and thought it best to juxtapose it with something much more significant; Marriage Equality.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MP JOSH WILSON RESIGNS

 

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Fremantle Federal MP Josh Wilson is one of three Labor members who have resigned from parliament this morning after the High Court ruling about dual citizenship.

I am devastated for Josh as he is a highly intelligent and dedicated politician who has worked very hard in Canberra and in his electorate since he got elected.

Josh Wilson was one of my favourite Fremantle Councillors because he is a very genuine and likeable person and I have been impressed with the many speeches he has given in Federal Parliament.

Josh said in a media release this morning that he will fight the by-election that now needs to be held, short before the Prime Minister will call a general federal election.

I have no doubt the Fremantle people are a bit tired of yet another election campaign, but Josh Wilson deserves a second chance as he has been a tireless worker for Fremantle for many years. He will have my support!

Roel Loopers

From Josh Wilson’s media release:

The new interpretation of the law means the question of whether a person took all ‘reasonable steps’ to renounce foreign citizenship simply doesn’t exist for dual Australian-British citizens, irrespective of the administrative delay in the process (which is generally 2-4 months). Under the new interpretation any prospective candidate must have their British citizenship deregistered before the close of nominations. In my case that was effectively impossible.

I was endorsed as a late replacement Labor candidate in Fremantle on 12 May 2016 and completed the requisite UK Home Office paperwork to renounce my British citizenship on that day. I mailed the renunciation form and attached documents on Friday, 13 May, using express registered post. I received confirmation that the documents has been received by the UK Home Office on Monday, 16 May. The processing fee for renunciation was withdrawn from my bank on 6 June. I nominated the following day, two days before the close of nominations. I received a letter from the UK Home Office dated 24 June saying that my British citizenship had been deregistered, with a copy of the renunciation form stamped 29 June 2016.

I was elected on 2 July 2016. I have not served a single day as anything other than an Australian citizen.

I was born in London when my parents were on a working holiday. My mum was expecting me when they travelled to the UK, and I returned home with them at the age of one after we’d travelled in Europe for 6 months in a Kombi van. Both my parents were born in Australia. My great-great-grandfather came to Fremantle as a convict in the 1860s. I have never lived in the UK, and have only visited there twice, in 1998 and 2012, for a few weeks each time.

In any case, the High Court’s interpretation of the law has changed and I respect that ruling. That means I must resign as the Member for Fremantle and contest the forthcoming by-election.

As I said in my first speech, I can’t imagine a more meaningful kind of work than to represent the community where I’ve lived virtually all my life. Every opportunity I am given to ask the people of Fremantle to trust me with the responsibility of being their representative in the national parliament is an opportunity I will relish.

I am looking forward to once again seeking that trust and responsibility in the weeks to come, and I am happy to be considered by voters in the Fremantle electorate on the basis of my character, principles, work-ethic, and record.

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

LUDLAM CASE FAILS CANBERRA CHECKS

Posted in city of fremantle, federal government, greens, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

It is too simplistic to engage in political point scoring, as a Labor party official did on TV last night, and question why the Greens could not even get the citizenship check of Senator Scott Ludlam right.

Yes, Ludlam should have checked and so should his party, but I wonder why there are no checks and balances in place at our Federal parliament to make sure even honest mistakes like this one can’t happen.

Q: Are you an Australian citizen?

Q: Are you also a citizen of another country than Australia?

Ludlam did the right thing by resigning immediately once his dual citizenship was confirmed, but surely this should not have happened and the bureaucrats in Canberra need to do better at checking the eligibility of future parliamentarians.

I believe it would be unfair to Ludlam to demand he pays back the salary he received as Senator. He did turn up for work and was very active and made a good contribution to Australia, so why would the community he served well want to force him into financial disaster.

 

Roel Loopers

GREAT FIRST SPEECH BY NEW FREMANTLE MP

Posted in community, democracy, election, federal government, fremantle, politicians, politics, western australia by freoview on September 14, 2016

As promised here some more excerpts from the very good first speech by new Fremantle MP Josh Wilson in Parliament House, Canberra on Monday. The entire speech is too long to fully publish it on Freo’s View, but you can hear it on Josh’s Facebook page.

I have the honour of being sent here to represent the mighty federal electorate of Fremantle, the place where the Swan River, or Derbarl Yerrigan, meets the Indian Ocean, in the land of the Whadjuk Noongar, the place known for thousands of years as Walyalup.

I am proud to say that I have been shaped by Fremantle, by its landscape and its culture; by its function as a place of industry and trade and the arts; a port city; a place of arrival, whose multicultural diversity and cohesion has been hard won and is precious; a place that looks out into the world and welcomes people, whether they come for a short or a long time, with open arms; a place defined by the heat and by the sea.

Representing Fremantle is a great responsibility. There is no role or task that I can imagine being more meaningful to me in this life, and I am going to pour myself into this work—at home, in my electorate, and here in this place. I relish the fact that this work spans the full range: from helping a person who has come to you when every other door is closed to working in this place to shape national laws and policy, and I think one should inform the other. If you are from WA, it is work that literally spans the continent, and I look forward to all of it. I hope I can undertake the task with energy, humility, dedication and good humour. My constituents in Freo and my children will let me know if I do not.

……..When Carmen Lawrence gave her first speech in this place in 1994 she remarked on the centenary of universal suffrage. My daughters are here today and I am glad they are able to see a parliament, especially on this side, that is replete with women who are ready to make a contribution and take their place here on merit, because women have been ready to make their contribution on that basis for a long time, and that process is not finished. Let’s remember there are 72 seats in this place that have not yet been represented by a woman.

Good government, responsive and reforming government, is not just important, it is necessary, but there is more to be done. There is a danger, I think, when you come to participate in the work of parliament, not that you will be deluded into thinking that we happen to exist at an especially crucial moment in history but that we might be deluded instead into thinking that all the big changes have been won; that what is left is only marginal, asymptotic progress along the curve. On any reasonable assessment, that is not the case. There is in fact a great deal more to do.

The Fremantle electorate is bound up in a number of those challenges: in the need for action on climate change and renewable energy; in the need to hasten the too-slow progress to close the gap between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians; in relation to the future of work in this country, its forms, quantity and conditions; in regional leadership and our engagement with the wider world; and in the need for smart and forward-looking urban design and planning, and the delivery of matching transport and communication infrastructure.

Granted, city planning sounds boring and technocratic, but unless we get it right we will consign families in outer metro areas to lives limited by unaffordable housing, dislocated from jobs and services and characterised by congestion in suburbs where people struggle to feel connected to their neighbours because there is no reason to walk or ride through the streets, no local shops or community centres and poor public transport. The local governments in my electorate—Cockburn, Fremantle, East Fremantle and Melville—are seized by this challenge but they are frustrated at not being met halfway by state and federal governments. There is no better example right now of that frustration than the Perth Freight Link. My community is fighting to be on the right side of a decision that divides between two very different futures.

…..One of the most distinctive things about Fremantle is its loud and proud arts and culture workforce—the ordinary, everyday presence and production of musicians, architects, artists, writers, dancers, street performers and even circus performers. Arts practitioners and businesses are the very definition of the creative economy, and you would be hard-pressed to find leaner and meaner enterprises or people and organisations that do more with less, so it is incredibly disappointing that in my electorate of Fremantle arts funding and support bodies have been subject to so much chaos in the last couple of years.

….To bring my slightly damp first speech in this incredible place to an end—that will not make sense to people reading this in the future!—I am happy to say that I am a romantic when it comes to representative democracy. I think it is one of the best things. I do not agree with Winston Churchill; I think it is one of the best things. It deserves to be valued. It deserves to be performed with maximum effort, and cultivated with great care, with its essence and structure respected and its live parts allowed to flourish and be renewed. As a new member in this place I intend to listen and learn, to not hold back for fear of making the odd mistake or the odd joke, to participate and work hard in good spirit and good faith, to make a difference and always to apply myself in dedicated service to the people of Fremantle.

 

 

 

 

 

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JOSH WILSON WINS FREMANTLE SEAT

Posted in democracy, election, federal government, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 2, 2016

It is not a big surprise that Labor candidate Josh Wilson has won the federal seat of Fremantle by 57.1%. Congratulations Josh. I am delighted for you, your family and Fremantle!

What an intriguing election night it is. At present at 8.28 pm the ABC calls 73 seats for the Liberal National Party, 68 for the Labour Party, 1 for the Greens and 4 for Others, but they warns that postal and pre votes might still change the outcome in several seats and that the election probably won’t be called for many days. And still four seats not called.

There is another Freo connection in this election with Brian Mitchell the former editor of the Fremantle Herald winning a seat for Labor in Tasmania and Damian Drum, former Dockers coach winning a seat for the National Party in Victoria.

Roel Loopers

 

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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

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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

JOSH IS THE MAN FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in democracy, election, federal government, fremantle, western australia by freoview on June 26, 2016

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There is nothing subtle about election campaigns so why should Labor’s, and my preferred Fremantle candidate Josh Wilson be any different when trying to get attention.

The team glued all these posters on the windows of the former OZ souvenir shop on the corner of High Street Mall at Kings Square yesterday and it is making a big impact.

The OZ shop by the way has just moved a bit further into the mall opposite Culley’s.

Only six more sleeps and then this far too long election campaign will be over. I am tired of all the hubris, spin, negativity, lies, empty promises, hot air and lack of substance from the parties, but Josh Wilson does have all the personal and professional qualities I want a politician to have who represents Fremantle. Vote for Josh!

Roel Loopers

 

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