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Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2019


The election for the Federal seat of Curtin is taking on a distinct Fremantle flavour with the Labor Party yesterday endorsing Melissa Parke as their candidate to try to win the seat of Julie Bishop who retired.

Melissa Park was the Federal Member for Fremantle from 2007-2016 and Minister for International Development. She will take the fight to Celia Hammond who recently retired as Vice Chancellor of Freo’s Notre Dame University.

Julie Bishop won with an over 20 per cent margin at the last election, so it is highly unlikely Melissa Park will succeed to gain that many votes, but Parke and Hammond are both highly intelligent and very likeable women, so good luck to them.

Roel Loopers





Huge news for Fremantle’s Notre Dame University with their Vice-Chancellor Celia Hammond resigning immediately to try to win the seat of Curtin for the Liberal party in the Federal election in a few month and replace Julie Bishop. It will have to be seen if the Curtin branch will elect Mrs Hammond as their preferred candidate.

Celia Hammond was going to finish in October this year at NDA anyway as she wanted a change, but her immediate resignation from the very popular university will come as a shock to them.

Over the years that I have had contact with Celia Hammond I have found her a delightful and down to earth person who is very much liked by staff and students, so she would be a formidable candidate for the Liberal party in the safe seat of Curtin.

Mrs Hammond is a lawyer and daughter of WA Chief District Court Judge Kevin Hammond and will leave very big shoes to fill at Notre Dame. She was 21 years at Notre Dame, and 11 of those years as Vice-Chancellor.

While I am not a fan of Liberal party politics and even less of many of its leaders I am a big fan of Celia Hammond and wish her all the best. She will make a great politician.

Roel Loopers



Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2010

It is a fantastic and futuristic idea by Channel Ten to introduce fake spectators for the televised AFL Monday night  games, but why stop there? Why not also introduce fake goals during low scoring games, or fake melees when games become boring. It might be an idea for the AFL to engage fakes expert MP Julie Bishop to come up with even bigger and better things, after all she has been faking intelligence for years in Canberra.

I sincerely hope Channel Ten’s idea will be taken on by e.g. the Olympic Games organisers. Fake world records would be so inspiring.

The real solution to the anticipated low spectator numbers would obviously be to have fake ticket fees. Let people into the grounds for free so you don’t have to digitally put fake ones in the stands. I know, that is far too simple.

Has anyone tested Channel Ten and the AFL for drugs lately?

Roel Loopers

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