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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BULLIES FREO COUNCIL

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, federal government, local government by freoview on December 2, 2016

I find it quite amusing to read that the Federal Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke has threatened Fremantle Council that the government could revoke Fremantle’s ability to conduct citizenship ceremonies because it will no longer have an event on Australia Day on January 26, but instead a big concert on January 28.

The Ass. Minister said council could not politicise the national celebrations of Australia Day.

Citizenship ceremonies all over Australia are held on days other than Australia day, so I see no reason why the City of Fremantle should be forced to hold one on January 26.

I would also like to know how many WA councils and shires celebrate Australia Day with events other than citzenship ceremonies. Has anyone in the commercial mass media bothered to check?

Roel Loopers

 

 

FREO WELCOMES NEW CITIZENS

Posted in australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 27, 2016

Fremantle welcomed many new citizens on Australia Day at the ceremony on the Esplanade and also recognised the achievements of local people and groups in the Premier’s Active Citizenship Awards.

It probably was no surprise that the very active and successful Rethink The Link received the group award but some people were surprised that Adin Lang got the individual one as he stood for Cockburn Council at the May election. There were a couple of people who thought I did not deserve the award when I received it in 2013, and with so many active and deserving people in our community I am sure it is hard for the committee to please everyone.

It was relatively quiet in Fremantle yesterday compared to previous years and I believe it is time to rethink the way Freo celebrates our national day.

Roel Loopers

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THE MEANING OF AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia, australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2016

Today we celebrate Australia Day and the achievements of our nation and I will be at the Fremantle Esplanade for the citizenship ceremony that is so life-changing for those of us who come from foreign countries and commit ourselves to our new home.

Australia Day is also invasion day, the day where foreigners forcefully occupied the land that indigenous people had looked after for some 50,000 years. It was the start of racism in this country when white people believed they were superior to those ‘black savages’ and ignored their culture and knowledge of the land. Racism is still a daily occurrence for Aboriginal people and others with a dark skin because some ignorant white people believe they are better just because of the colour of their skin. A woman on Facebook even suggested “These Aboriginals should go back to the country they came from.” I think that shows the intelligence of racists.

It is good to celebrate Australia’s achievement but January 26 is just not the right day for it. I hope that once we become a republic Australia Day will be celebrated on the day of our independence from England.

Australia is a good country and it has been very good to me since I arrived here in 1982. I love living in Fremantle where we are more like a family than a community. We care, share, participate and try to make a difference and we all in our own way want to make this a better place.

I love it that we have such a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society. Those who become Australian citizens today should know that Fremantle people are very tolerant and embracing and that we welcome you with open arms and will support you whenever we can.

Every year on Australia Day people claim this is the greatest country on earth but that of course is nonsense as there is no best country on the planet. We are doing well but are less than perfect and there is a lot of room for improvement.

A rich country that still has so many homeless and poor people, where many indigenous people live in third-world conditions, where the disabled and aged are struggling to get by, and where real equality between women and men is a long way away, cannot claim to be the best country in the world.

A country that refuses to approve same gender marriage and that believes that real love can only be between people of opposite sex is not the best country on earth, because it shows Australia is still holding on to old archaic values and is yet to move on to become a genuine progressive nation that embraces change and tolerates diversity.

Australia is a country of immense opportunity for those who live and come here but the gap between the very rich and very poor is growing and that needs to be addressed as a priority. Corporate greed is no substitute for culture and substance and high-rise buildings are no substitute for old-growth forests.

Life is all about balance and willingness to share and I believe we can achieve that in Australia, so instead of getting pissed on this special day and waste money on grog why not ask someone less fortunate to join you today for a real Aussie BBQ or picnic and show them we don’t take our fellow Aussies for granted.

Have a happy Australia Day, Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE INVASION OR CELEBRATION DAY?

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 15, 2012

After the Western Australian state government changed Foundation Day into Western Australia Day, the City of Fremantle is now exploring if it wants to change the date and name and make Foundation Day Fremantle Day instead, celebrating it on May 2, the day Captain Charles Howe Fremantle claimed the land for King George IV at Bathers Beach in 1829.

I know from discussions that some people believe having Fremantle Day is a good idea and that it makes sense, but I and many others are very concerned about how our Indigenous people would feel about it. Would the local Wadjuk Noongar community not see it as a celebration of invasion day, the day where foreigners took over their country?

It would be essential, and should be a priority for the City of Fremantle, to consult extensively with the Noongar people to find out if a Fremantle Day would offend and upset them.

Many indigenous Australians call Australia Day Invasion Day, so maybe the move by Fremantle council could be seen as insensitive to our local blackfellas.

Roel Loopers

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AUSTRALIA DAY THONG CHALLENGE

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2011

The Australia Day Great Thong Challenge was held again at Cottesloe Beach, with the aim to set a world record for the most floating thongs. Young and old joined in the fun and it was a colourful spectacle, but not as good as last year, when all thongs were  in the Australia flag colours, this year the thongs were white with only a small australian flag on them, and of course the sponsor’s name.

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HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2011

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY EVERYONE! It is a day to celebrate who we are, but not one where we should overestimate ourselves and believe we live in the best country in the world. It is a day to reflect what we do well, and the things we need to improve on. A day to remember that we are still putting women, children and men in detention centres for years; people who came here to enjoy freedom and a better and safe life. We need to give them that.

Today is also a day to be aware that there is still much racism in Australia, and that none of us should tolerate that and speak out when it happens. And for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters this is Invasion Day, a day that was the start of much shame for us as a nation.

Let us think, while having fun, of all those around Australia who suffered in the floods. Let us reflect on those who were beaten and killed in drunken violence, because today this will happen again, because when Australia celebrates there are many who go on drunken rampages.

I love Australia and love living here, but perfect it aint!  A small change for the national anthem: Australia let us all improve, for we are we are proud and free, ……………….

Roel Loopers

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