Freo's View


RIP Bob Hawke. A man of principles and values, willing to take risks, trying to find consensus and bringing people together instead of dividing them.

He was also a big fighter against racism. A brilliant man has died.

He changed Australia for the better. Thanks Bob!

Roel Loopers


Posted in abc, aboriginal, city of fremantle, democracy, elections, indigenous, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2019


Black PM?


The ABC screening this Sunday at 7.40 pm of Will Australia Ever Have a Black PM? is very timely three weeks before the Federal Election.

I remember the joy of a first female PM, when Obama was elected President of the USA, and marriage equality, so I hope that a black PM, or president, of Australia will still happen in my lifetime, but I think that might be a bit too optimistic.

It is special for me that my friend young Fremantle Aboriginal woman Shari Hutchison was the Attachment Producer of the documentary. She traveled all over Australia with the team to film the interviews, so I am looking forward to viewing the result of all the hard work.

Roel Loopers




Posted in australia, fascism, fremantle, racism by freoview on August 28, 2015

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers will check people’s visas on the streets of Melbourne this weekend as part of a police operation in the city’s CBD, the Federal Government has revealed.

The agency says people will not be targeted on the basis of race or religion
Part of a broader operation including Victoria Police and other agencies

Officers will be positioned at various locations around the city and will speak with any individual they cross paths with.

No, Australia this is not a belated April’s Fool joke, this is the reality in Australia in 2015 where the Abbott Government introduces racist and fascist actions! What is next, maybe something like foreigners wearing the Star of David as the Jews were forced to do under Hitler’s regime, or another form of immediate visual indentification?

This is a disgraceful and unacceptable action by the federal government that will affect tourism to Australia!

How are we going to prove on what sort of visa were are, or that we are Australian citizens? No doubt the majority of people who will be stopped and questioned by the Australian Border Force will non-white people. OMG all those broun people who are already subjected to racism in this country often, now will have officials in uniform frighten the living daylight out of them. How many will have poor English skills. Ooooh FUCK Australia. What are you doing!!!!!!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle, tom uren by freoview on February 12, 2015

I believe it is important to acknowledge the work of Labor party legend Tom Uren, who recently died, in the context of the work he did for Fremantle, so I publish excerpts of the speech Fremantle MP Melissa Parke gave in Federal Parliament recently:

It was only a few months ago that we farewelled the great Gough Whitlam, and as many noted it was the Whitlam government that forged new ground in shaping policy for Australian cities and for the protection of Australian history and heritage. Those two imperatives intersected to great effect in the City of Fremantle. Indeed, following from Whitlam’s statement that government ‘should see itself as the curator and not the liquidator of the national estate’, the Prime Minister was subsequently on the record saying that ‘Fremantle will receive special attention as it is one of the few towns in Australia that retains its historic character and is at the same time a thriving community’.

 It seems too easy sometimes to mark a person by their achievements—their firsts. But in the case of Tom Uren, they speak to the interests and character of the man, and they certainly resonate with the community I represent in Fremantle. For example, Tom Uren opened Australia’s first dedicated bike path, and he was Australia’s first Minister for the Environment. More directly, as Minister for Urban and Regional Development in the Whitlam government, Tom Uren played a vital role in supporting the conservation and rehabilitation of Fremantle’s West End, now regarded by many as the best preserved 19th century port cityscape in the world.

It was through his department’s Hope Inquiry into the National Estate that a critical record of Fremantle’s historic sites was first produced, in 1973, through the work of the newly created Cities Commission. Two key documents, Fremantle Historical Buildings—Initial Study and Fremantle: Guidelines for Development were produced, and it is no exaggeration to say that they have formed the blueprint and the protective covenant of modern Fremantle. Under the Interim National Estate Committee, the forerunner of the Australian Heritage Commission, Fremantle was the beneficiary of more than $300,000 dollars in National Estate grants, in 1973-74, which included funding to save and restore the beautiful Fremantle Markets and undertake conservation work on the Round House, Western Australia’s oldest building. This absolutely crucial work, led by Tom Uren, was only possible through the local advocacy of the Fremantle Society, an organisation that continues to provide strong and constructive community input—and I acknowledge its members, past and present. I am especially grateful to Ron Davidson for his wonderful recall and storytelling when it comes to Tom Uren’s Fremantle significance, and I thank Ron and his wife, Dianne, for their authorship of the recently published book, Fighting for Fremantle: the Fremantle Society Story.

I note that when Prime Minister Bob Hawke was in Fremantle in February 1987 to open the new customs building and associated Commonwealth offices within the west end, he was accompanied by Tom Uren. On that occasion, the Prime Minister said: ‘I know Tom Uren will be getting tired of me saying this, but it is fitting that he who has played such an outstanding part in working with local government throughout Australia should be here today at the opening of another project that embodies the close cooperation he has built up between the local and federal tiers of government.’

 As the member for Fremantle, I express the gratitude of my electorate for the policy and program innovations that have helped save the precious and distinctive built heritage of the port city. The significant federal heritage grants that were provided by the recent Labor government to further conserve treasures like the Princess May Building and the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison continued this work.

Melissa Parke MP



Posted in aboriginal, colin barnett, fremantle, politicians by freoview on February 2, 2015


The word arrogant is one of the most (over)used words when the public is asked for an opinion about politicians, be that local, state, or federal.

John Howard and Kevin Rudd were considered to be arrogant, as was WA formerPremier Alan Carpenter and present Premier Colin Barnett.

In Fremantle the entire Council gets accused of being arrogant because residents believe Elected Members no longer listen to them and run their own agendas.

I have met many local, state and federal members and have yet to meet one whom I would classify as arrogant. Aloof, self-righteous, blinkered, one-eyed, out of touch, yes, but arrogant they are not.

Lessons need to be learned though from what happened in Queensland on Saturday and Tony Abbott’s lack of consultation with backbenchers and the community. When voters believe elected members have stopped listening to them they get very irate and abandon even the parties they prefer.

P.S. Interesting to read State Government is investing some $ 40 million on a new Mandurah Bridge when all the Fremantle railway bridge is getting is a few venders to stop ships from bumping into it. Not happy, Colin!

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, fremantle, social services, welfare by freoview on December 23, 2014

Welfare and social services for those who need and deserve government support will no doubt be slashed by new Social Services minister Scott Morrison, who showed little empathy for asylum seekers when he was in charge of the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio. As he did with his migration portfolio Morrison will try to stop welfare and turn back the boats of social despair.

Morrison will have little respect for all those bludgers who need government handouts, support and housing, as they can only blame themselves.

People should no longer receive pension once they reach their use-by date of 70 years of age and age-care facilities should be closed.

Those narcissists who claim to have mental health problems and live with the paranoid fantasy that a black dog is responsible for it should embrace the Dr Philip Nitschke solution and take a pill or two instead of expecting expensive government care.

Disabled people should just get on with it and not behave like soccer players who act as if they are badly hurt when nothing is wrong with them.

People who don’t earn enough to rent or buy a house simply have to accept that it is survival of the fittest. They can’t expect governments to supply them with accommodation as that is unfair to those who have worked hard to buy their own home.

Single parent benefits will also be scrapped because relationship break-ups can only be blamed on those involved and should not become a burden to society. Stick with your partners and look after your kids instead of being sooks who feel sorry for themselves.

Aboriginal people had 200 years to assimilate and adapt to our western lifestyle and should just get on with it, get a job, have fewer children, learn English and stop whingeing, because Scott Morrison will have nothing off it.

If you can’t find a job when you leave school you obviously did not study hard enough and did not try hard enough, so why should the community look after you. Centrelink will be closed and that will save society millions.

Caring for the community will no longer be a government responsibility. We are on our own and those not strong enough to make it in our competitive and selfish society will just have to go away and die. Imagine how much money can be saved by cutting social services and how fast the Abbott government can get the budget back in the black that way.

Scotty wishes all us bludgers a happy welfareless new year.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle, government, politics by freoview on October 15, 2014

The remark by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that he would “shirtfront” Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Brisbane made me think about how disappointing the Federal and Western Australian state parliaments are. The bullying and grandstanding, the pushing and shoving and daring, and politicians behaving like immature schoolboys, is embarrassing. Parliaments are like a board of directors, but the way our politicians behave would make shareholders call for their resignation and the Australian Stock Exchange would investigate them.

There must be a shortage of rocks in Australia as most rocks are in the heads of those who voted for the morons who are supposed to represent their electorates. Who on earth voted for the silly Clive Palmer and his moronic uninformed puppets? Jaqui Lambie is living proof that it does not require brains to be dangerous, with her insulting and ignorant ranting.

Political parties no longer have conviction and principles, the only principle that applies is to oppose the policies the opposing party is proposing. Just say no when it comes from the other side of parliament and the public think you are doing your job. It’s highly unproductive time wasting.

Where are the charismatic characters of the past, the great orators, the people who stood by what they believed in? Oh, the good old times.

What we have instead is boring bland bi-partisan Bill Shorten, so afraid of being seen as different from the Liberal leader that all he does is a bit of pretending by shouting in parliament. Bill is the beige suit no one notices, he blends in well with the surroundings. He is the wallflower of parliament, but comparing him to a flower is far too colourful for his persona, he is more like a wall weed really. Australia might see the world’s first ever bi-partisan election, where boring Bill will wait till the Liberal advertising slogans are out and he’ll just copy them so the voters won’t walk away from Labor. So we’ll see posters and billboards next to each other with one reading FOR A BETTER AUSTRALIA VOTE LIBERAL and next to it FOR A BETTER AUSTRALIA VOTE LABOR. We could even see Labor volunteers at polling booths with Abbott facemasks. To paraphrase a TV commercial, Bill will say I’ll do whatever they are doing.

In W.A. parliament things are not much different from Canberra. There is a lot of shouting, yelling and finger pointing but very little constructive dialogue. While Premier Colin Barnett might be a bit arrogant at times at least he has some charisma and that can’t be said about Labor leader Mark McGowan who always looks as if he just got out of bed and did not have the time for a shower and to put clean clothes on. Mark has a bad hair day every day and should accept he is balding and get the St George’s Terrace corporate look of a Number Two haircut and buy some nice good fitting suits. There is so much immaturity in insisting to oppose whatever the other parties want to do that it astounds me it keeps going on in our parliaments.

It is refreshing to see that local governments are not party-political in that sense. In Fremantle there is almost too much goodwill between the Elected Members and while there is good informed debate, it can hardly been called robust and no one ever raises their voice. While I’d hate to see local government copying the silly immaturity of state and federal parliaments I’d love to see a bit more controversy and heated debate and disagreement at local level. That said however, local government is the greatest form of democracy and I am always delighted when members of the community take advantage of the fact that they can address Councillors face to face at Council and Committee meetings. We need to safeguard that State Government will not erode that important aspect of our democracy and slowly invades local government like Vladimir Putin is doing in the Ukraine.

No wonder the Australian people are disillusioned with our politicians. I no longer feel represented by any party as I hate the gutlessness of Labor but am also not in favour of Liberal policies, while the Greens don’t do it for me either.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, cultural, fremantle by freoview on September 17, 2014

aboriginal girl, tiff

There is a very important forum at Fremantle Notre Dame University this evening at 7pm. The honourable Fred Chaney will discuss the planned recognition of Australia’s indigenous people in our constitution.

It is something I believe is long overdue and it has bipartisan support in Federal Parliament from the major parties.

The referendum on it, and the implementation off it, are still a long way away with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hinting it might happen in four years.

There are critics of the recognition in the Aboriginal and Wadjela communities, with some saying it would only be tokenism and would distract from doing the really hard yards and making the difficult decisions and changes required to finally get indigenous people an equal lifestyle and life expectancy as the non indigenous ones.

Come along this eve at 7 o’clock to Tannock Hall on the corner of Cliff Street and Croke Lane, opposite the Fremantle Herald building. It is a free event!

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia by freoview on August 19, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a thought-bubble kind of guy, like many of his ministers. The PM called for all people who live in our country to be part of “Team Australia” but he forgot that the coaching staff and team selectors of “Team Australia” are not that inclusive when it comes to who can play in our country.

Disabled people, Aboriginese, pensioners, single mothers, university students, the unemployed, asylum seekers, motorists, etc.etc.etc. are all not part of the team, or if they are, they are supposed to bring their own ball, have their own sports ground, and they can’t expect any support from that great Australia team.

“Team Australia” is not about looking after one’s team mates because it is only an opportunity for a select few.  Tony’s Team would be a much better name for “Team Australia” because that would indicate that Tony decide who can be on the team.

To have a real Team Australia we would need a much better and more compassionate coach….. Prime Minister.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, fremantle by freoview on July 11, 2014



Recent remarks by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Australia was largely unsettled before the English invaded it, and the reality that many Aboriginal people are still living in third-world conditions in remote communities, make me wonder how much of what governments do is just tokenism. How serious are we to improve the living conditions of our indigenous people and is what we are doing done well and good enough?

The City of Perth has introduced Karb Yarning; Stories of Home Fires with signs stating the city is Wadjuk country and by creating Aboriginal heritage maps. That is good but not anywhere near enough.

Here in Fremantle we now have a small Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur Head and the Manjarree trail along Bathers Beach, but we still have not been able to create a shelter for those who have no home, or who don’t feel safe at home because of violent and sexual abuse. While we have the Old Port Project as interpretation of how the early white settlers lived, we have nothing like it to acknowledge that Aboriginal people lived here for some 50,000 years before Captain Cook and Captain Fremantle claimed the land for England. There is not even yet a monument that acknowledges the atrocities that happened at the Quad indigenous prison on Rottnest Island, where hundreds of Aboriginese from all over Western Australia were mistreated and died.

I believe that most Australians don’t care much about our indigenous people. They are being dismissed as lazy drunks who live on hand outs, because most of us Wadjelas don’t look under the surface and see the pain of displacement and abuse, and that generations of Aboriginal people have suffered, and still are, from being taken from their parents. Trauma is not something one gets used to and that one simply gets over. It is enormously deep and painful and continues from generation to generation.

No doubt that this evening at the NAIDOC week celebrations up at the Freo Aboriginal Centre from 5-8 we will see the same Wadjela ‘do-gooders’ as always, while the majority of white people wont care to meet our indigenous people, get to know them, and see beyond the surface.

Roel Loopers

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