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CHRISTMAS EVE CAROLS AND MASS AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2018

 

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CHRISTMAS EVE MASS AND CAROLS at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University at 6pm today.

Everyone is welcome in the Malloy Courtyard at 32 Mouat Street.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME GRADUATIONS A RITE OF PASSAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized, universities by freoview on December 12, 2018

 

 

The graduation days at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University are very special I believe.

These are the real rite-of-passage days, where students will make the next big step from studying to entering the work force and starting their chosen profession.

There is always a lot of nervous energy and anticipation at the graduation ceremonies, and of course a sense of relief that one has made it.

Congratulations to the hundreds of students who graduate today and tomorrow at NDA. Enjoy it and celebrate!

Roel Loopers

….and the slide show of the above photos:

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NOTRE DAME PRIME LOCATION FOR NEW CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

notre dame

 

The former bookshop of Fremantle’s Notre Dame university on the corner of Marine Terrace and Henry Street still has not been leased and the university has put a new Expressions of Interest out.

It is a lovely location that provides a shaded alfresco opportunity, so if your big dream has always been to open your own cute cafe this might be the location for you.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE GLASS CREATES PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2018

 

Fremantle Glass

 

Driving back from a short volunteer guide stint at the Roundhouse I noticed the ute of Fremantle Glass at the Old Customs House building, which is now part of Notre Dame university.

Of course, as a lover of reflections I did not waste the great photo opportunity.

Roel Loopers

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

NDA architecture

 

Fremantle Notre Dame University‘s new Master of Architecture program provides a unique Design Studio education, in the heart of Fremantle, in ethically, socially and environmentally responsible architecture.

You will be a part of a small cohort of creative, critical–thinking students, with tailored practice placements and socio-spatial design studios.

Join NDA staff on Campus, for the Master of Architecture Information Evening on Wednesday 28 November from 6pm, in the highly commended, recently refurbished Student Hall to learn more.

 

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IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS? NOTRE DAME FORUM

 

The Is Democracy in Crisis? forum organised by the Fremantle Network and politics students of Notre Dame University was interesting and attracted 60 spectators.

The event was held on Tuesday evening in the Santa Maria lecture theatre of Notre Dame, with panelists Liberal MP Ben Morton, Labor MP Josh Wilson and political journalist Jane Marwick, and facilitator Dr Martin Drum who is a political lecturer at NDA and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor.

The panel agreed that democracy is not in crisis but in a bit of a mess, with Ben Morton saying that democracy should be celebrating different views, and that is has become harder to be an active citizen in our democracy as we need to work harder to keep informed, despite social media.

Jane Marwick said the media largely responded to the left/right focus in politics and that the media is far too cosy with politicians and staff. There is too much focus on personalities, not on conviction and policy. “We should all be skeptical about the media!”

Josh Wilson said that democracy was not in crisis in this part of Australia. “This room is full of people who are active at grassroots democracy.”

But he said tribalism, self-interest and self-engrandising was a problem in Canberra and that the media was focussed on conflict rather than policy.

Jane Marwick said the 24-hour media cycle left little time to fact check and get all sides of the story, but Martin Drum said it was more an opinion cycle than a news cycle.

Longer and fixed-term parliaments should be considered as the three-year term can cause instability, and is in reality only two years and four months.

Jane Marwick said that former Deputy PM John Anderson has said that trust has broken down in all our institutions. She said that meat on the bone does not get reported, only juicy stories.

Josh Wilson said it was not good democracy when the parties ran a war against their own Prime Minister and that Labor had put measures in place to stop that.

Certain journalists are having too much power and are trying to influence the behaviour of politicians. We need more women in parliament and all parties should have a quota for that, that means we need to make parliament a more attractive place to work at and accommodate women and their families better. It should not be either having children or having a career.

OPINION:

I feel disconnected with our political leaders in Canberra. I feel patronised, belittled and talked down to, and told what is good for me by them, instead of being part of the conversation.

Question Time is a disrespectful and childish session of bullying. It is about political point scoring instead of good governance, hence the public’s skepticism and lack of respect for parliament.

I wish federal, and also state parliament, would be as respectful and professional as Fremantle Council, where no personal attacks are made and no political point scoring takes place. We have a mature debate about the topics at hand in Fremantle Council. They don’t always get it it right, but at least they behave like professionals who thoroughly debate all topics, and whose main priority is  not self interest, but looking after the community and good governance.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME DEBATE ABOUT POLITICAL CRISIS

 

There is an interesting political forum on tomorrow night, October 30 at the Santa Maria Theatre of Notre Dame University.

IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS? will discuss why voters are cynical about and showing a low level of trust in our political leaders and the system.

Panel members include Labor MP Josh Wilson, Liberal Party MP Ben Morton and political journalist Jane Marwick.

It is on tomorrow from 7-8.30pm at the Santa Maria Theatre, 13 Mouat Street in Freo’s West End.

The free event is organised by the Fremantle Network and NDA politics students.

Roel Loopers

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END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in city of fremantle, health, lifestyle, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2018

 

NDA forum

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University facilitated a very interesting forum about End of life choices on Wednesday evening.

The panel members were Prof. David Kissane-NDA and St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Richard Lugg-Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice, Dr Murray Hindle-Dying with Dignity WA, Lana Glogowski-Palliative Care WA, and Chris Shanahan-Barrister Murray Chambers.

Prof. David Kissane said the proposed new law was about the right to die rather than offering optimal palliative care, and he expressed concern that mentally ill patients might have access to euthanasia. Palliative care is the real alternative to assisted suicide.

Murray Hindle said it was the right of the individuals to have control over their death, not about better palliative care, and that in a survey 88 per cent had said yes to doctor assisted dying. It is about a person’s right to autonomy.

Lana Glogowski said that palliative care is not well enough resourced by our governments and that people should have a conversation with their family and loved ones about end of life options and what they wanted, and that there needed to be more education about those options.

Dr Richard Lugg said that patients want their care to be compassionate and kind and that the autonomy of the patients comes before the doctor’s-I know best-decision. We want the new law to help, not hinder assisted dying, he said

Lawyer Chris Shanahan said under the current law the patient has the right to consent, the right to self determination, and needs to give consent to medical treatment.

Questions were raised about putting doctors in a difficult position and pressure from family members on patients, but a new law would see no compulsion on doctors to assist dying if they are against it.

End of life options would also be different for different cultures and religions, and most people wanted to die at home and better palliative home care needed to be supported.

It was essential that any new legislation about Voluntary Assisted Dying has to have clarity and lack of ambiguity, and too fast change might overwhelm the community process. We need to respond in a human way.

It was argued that any suffering can be dealt with with drugs and that many people who plea for help are depressed and demoralised and want to die.

The larger part of the community die a good and dignified death and do not suffer.

What was not discussed at all is the reality of many older people dying an undignified and lonely death through suicide, often trough illegally imported drugs, such as Nembutal,  from Mexico and eastern European countries, or they kill themselves in other ways, because the choice of assisted dignified dying is not offered to them under our present legislation in WA.

The euthanasia debate is a very important one, and one we need to have in our community, so it was very good that Notre Dame University accommodated the discussion. Thank you NDA!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNI END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, health, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University is holding a very interesting forum on a controversial topic that will interest most people in our community, especially the older ones

‘A Conversation about End of Life Issues: Considerations following the release of the Parliamentary Report by the Joint Committee on End of Life Choices’

Wednesday 19 September | 6.00pm-8.30pm
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Tannock Hall of Education, Corner of Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle

End of life care is of great concern to many within our community, particularly those suffering from acute physical illness, or those employed in the medical or healthcare professions. The issue has and is likely to generate a substantial amount of public debate in the coming months given the findings and recommendations of the report from the State Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices in Western Australia.

The University wishes to facilitate a respectful discussion on all relevant aspects to this issue, including palliative care, living wills and euthanasia, so that a range of views and perspectives can be heard. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Guest presenters at the forum will include:
Professor David Kissane (The University of Notre Dame Australia and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney)
Dr Richard Lugg (Department of Health WA and Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice)
Dr Murray Hindle (Dying with Dignity WA)
Ms Lana Glogowski (Palliative Care WA)
Mr Chris Shanahan SC (Barrister, Murray Chambers)

Please register your attendance by Monday 17 September

For further information, please contact Ms Ana Ferreira Manhoso at fremantle.events@nd.edu.au or on 08 9433 0575.

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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEDDING WALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized, wedding by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

Wedding Wall

 

What a great job the stonemasons have been doing on the Fremantle ‘Wedding Wall’ in Cliff Street!

Notre Dame University decided to give the old heritage wall some tender loving care and re-open all the arches in the wall. I believe it looks fantastic already, but there is still some detailing to be done and a new coat of paint.

The ‘Wedding Wall’ got its name because it is one of the favourite backdrops in Freo for wedding parties. The open arches create new opportunities for wedding photographers.

Roel Loopers

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