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




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.”




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



Posted in photography by freoview on May 17, 2013




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



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


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 11, 2012

The misogynist, gay, lesbian, homosexual, sexist, racist, etc. accusations in parliament in Canberra made me think how easy it is to put people in certain boxes and rightly or wrongly judge them. Is the world really THAT Black and White?

I love cooking but hate handy work and can’t even do basic maintenance of my car. Am I less male because I don’t belong to a men’s shed and mix up bolts and nuts? I also hate swearing and four letter words, which probably only reinforces I am not a real bloke.

I love sex but hate one-night stands. Am I not a normal male?

I love beautiful women but don’t like make-up and jewellery and I hate the taste of lipstick. Am I a sexist?

When I am in a large crowd and need to point out a certain person to someone I will mention that person is male or female, blond, Asian, Aboriginal. It makes it easier. Am I a sexist racist?

I have three sisters and say I like women but I’ve never been married, so am I a women-hating misogynist?

I don’t have children although I say I love them. Am I a children hater or worse even, a paedophile?

I have never had a same sex relationship. Does that make me anti gay and lesbian? Am I homophobic?

I lived with a woman for twenty years but we were never married. Am I non- committed?

I like drinking wine but don’t like drunks. Am I intolerant?

I do a lot of unpaid community work in Fremantle while I am struggling financially. Am I a fool?

When I am compassionate I am labeled a softy, when I criticise people or issues I am labeled negative. When I stand up for myself I am labeled arrogant. So who am I? In which box do I fit?

Roel Loopers

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