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FREO VOTES YES FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY!

Posted in Uncategorized, local government, city of fremantle by freoview on November 15, 2017

 

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Australia voted YES! for marriage equality, and in my opinion it is well overdue and Federal Government should implement it as soon as possible.

The City of Fremantle posted following media release which I want to share with Freo’s View readers and also the fun photo they took of Councillors Jenny Archibald, Bryn Jones, Jeff McDonald, Mayor Brad Pettitt, Hannah Fitzhardinge, Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton and her dog:

The City of Fremantle has welcomed the resounding support for marriage equality in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the results of the survey earlier today, with 61.6 per cent of the 12.7 million respondents voting in favour of marriage equality.

In Fremantle, 70.1 per cent of people voted yes.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the result was a win for equality in Australia.

“Fremantle is a progressive, culturally-diverse and inclusive society and it’s the duty of the council to represent and uphold the values of the community,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“That’s why we campaigned in favour of marriage equality and why we welcome today’s result.”

In April this year the Fremantle City Council unanimously adopted a proclamation in support of marriage equality and resolved to write to all Federal MPs and political parties urging them to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Councillor Jeff McDonald, who moved the council’s marriage equality proclamation, said the federal Parliament must now move quickly to amend the Marriage Act.

“Whilst the divisive and damaging plebiscite may be over, the issue of marriage equality is not yet resolved,” Cr McDonald said.

“The federal government needs to act fairly, with consideration and compassion, and legislate civil marriage for same sex couples in a prompt manner.”

 

COLOURFUL FREO RAINBOW YES RALLY

Posted in city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2017

 

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What a delightful Fremantle MARRIAGE EQUALITY YES! rally it was late this afternoon with many hundreds of people turning up.

There were a lot of families, some dogs, and all the colours of the rainbow.

The rally was organised by Labor federal MP Josh Wilson and supported by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

My personal highlight was to see the Mayor’s oh so cute little baby daughter Aiofe at her first political rally with mum Emma.

 

Roel Loopers

P.S. community groups please feel free to use these photos. Just drag and drop them. A photo credit will be appreciated!

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FREO MARRIAGE EQUALITY RALLY TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, family, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2017

 

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The Fremantle MARRIAGE EQUALITY Rally is on at 5 pm today under the Rainbow container artwork, so come along if you want to support love.

It is a shame that what should be a minor issue has blown out of proportion. What’s the big deal of allowing same sex people to also express their commitment to each other?

It really does not affect anyone but them, as thousands of gays and lesbians already live together, bringing up children and making a contribution to our communities.

Love is a beautiful and positive thing and we should all support that.

Many churches around Australia have been expressing support for it, and those who don’t support it will not be forced to hold same sex marriage ceremonies.

The event is just opposite Cantonment Hill, so parking could be an issue. Best to come by bike or on foot, or park at the East Street jetty or near the Leftbank pub.

It should be a good feel, positive event about love, so come along!

 

Roel Loopers

YES! RAINBOW FLAG AT FREO TOWNHALL

Posted in city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017

 

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There is a big pro marriage equality rally under the Fremantle Rainbow sculpture on Friday at 5 pm, and Fremantle Council is flying the rainbow flag high as well.

Love is not sexist or gender bias. People who love each other should be able to marry, and it does not matter if they are same sex couples.

Voting YES matters a lot to very many people who want to commit themselves to their partner.

 

Roel Loopers

ENROL TO VOTE!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

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Only seven days left to enrol to vote for marriage equality, but also a good idea to do it for our Fremantle local council election, which is in October.

Don’t be lazy! We want everyone to have their say in Freo. Young and old, so please take part.

In other parts of the world they envy our democratic right to vote. It is a privilege and a civic duty. Do it!

 

Roel Loopers

FREO MARRIAGE EQUALITY RALLY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, family, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

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An early warning that there will be a marriage equality rally held in Fremantle on Friday week August 25 at 5 pm.

It will be under the Freo Rainbow container artwork at Canning Highway, opposite Cantonment Hill.

I support the rally and marriage equality, but question the location at that time of the day, as it will be dangerous crossing the very busy road during peak hour traffic.

I do appreciate the symbolism of the rainbow artwork, but is it really safe to have the rally there?

 

Roel Loopers

HAVE A LAUGH-IT’S ELECTION TIME!

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on August 18, 2013

I like having a good laugh before I go to bed. It makes me sleep better. Good night Freo! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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THERE IS LOVE IN EQUALITY

Posted in photography by freoview on May 17, 2013

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CREATING BETTER COMMUNITIES

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on February 6, 2013

The call by the Governor of Western Australia and his wife that children should be taught to share, is something close to my heart, as I have this dream, or call it a wish or desire, that one day we will recreate community in our wealthy western world, a more caring world where we don’t all run madly after money but where we learn to care and share again and show compassion instead of aggression.

I have this dream that young men and women walk away from drunken arguments without getting into physical fights, leaving behind some pride instead of broken bodies.

I have this dream that society cares about everyone, where the safety of children becomes the responsibility of all and that other people’s property is respected as well as our own.

I have the wish that I can drive my car at the legal speed without being tailgated by those who want me to drive faster. I have this desire to be able to drive through a green light without the fear that a hoon might ignore the red light they’ve got and crash into me. I have this wish that people obey the rules and regulations society sets for all of us, and where people don’t act as if laws are meant for others.

I have a desire for a sense of belonging and security and to feel embraced by my community, in a society where egotistic selfishness is scorned at and replaced with empathy.

I wish that one day we’ll learn to tolerate, instead of judging people on their gender, race, religion or appearance, a world where gay and lesbian simply means a different preference, and where those who believe in the Bible or Koran accept their gods as equals instead of engaging in religious righteousness.

I want to live in a world that does not fear difference but embraces it and where we welcome those who enrich our life with their foreign culture.

When children are taught to be aware and considerate off others they will not find it difficult to share and to show courtesy. Opening a door for someone, smiling at a stranger, saying hello when we walk our streets and beaches, not taking friends and family for granted, realising how special love is and how rich our lives are.

The global village we live in is getting more and more crowded, so it is essential that we consider the needs of others before making decisions that only benefit individuals. We will create better communities that way.

Roel Loopers

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LET’S START IMPROVING AUSTRALIA TODAY!

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on January 28, 2013

I don’t mind that we celebrate Australia Day, although I am apprehensive about too much nationalism. I am also aware it is a day that is not greatly embraced by our indigenous people, who call the day survival day, or even invasion day. I am not a great fan of all the fireworks that are blasted into the sky all over Australia by local councils and state governments at a cost of millions of dollars, as I believe we should have higher priorities to spend that sort of money on.

It is not acceptable that Aborigines are still disadvantaged in our country and that they die on average much younger than white Australians. It is not acceptable that there is a steady increase in homeless people and that Western Australian state housing has got a five-year long waiting list for those people.

We claim to be the free and easy country but the inhumane way we deal with boat people is appalling. It is not right that people who come to our shores to start a new life free from war, oppression and hunger are treated as criminals and put in detention centres. We should welcome desperate people with open arms and a smile, no matter from what country they come, what god they believe in, or what their culture is. Australia a rich country and we need to learn to share our wealth better.

Our free and easy country still does not allow same gender people to get married. Can we not accept that love has nothing to do with gender?  We also don’t allow terminally ill people to receive  a pain relieving injection or pill so they can peacefully die, instead we force them to stay alive and endure excruciating pains for years. How humane is that? We would not treat our dogs and cats like that.

It’s good to celebrate our community on Australia Day, but we need to constantly be aware that Australia needs to improve at many levels. It is not good to claim this is the best country on earth, because such slogans stop improvement and progress. Australia needs to become more tolerant and less racist and it needs to find an identity that is not based on urban myths.

We’ve got a long way to go, let’s start improving Australia today!

Roel Loopers

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