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City of Fremantle & fSpace join forces to support creative small businesses

Published 9 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog

The City of Fremantle and local co-working space provider fSpace are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new business incubator program to help small businesses within the creative industries sector.
The City of Fremantle and fSpace Creative Industries Program offers qualified businesses three months of subsidised workspace at fSpace, a vibrant co-working space located in the heart of Fremantle.
To be eligible, a business must satisfy a number of criteria, the most important being that they operate within the creative industries sector. Architecture, IT & software/computer services, design (graphic, fashion or product); and film, TV & video are just a few examples of creative industries.
The program will help small business owners looking to take the next step by subsidising their workspace costs and providing them with an opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with other successful business owners and professionals.
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Published 9 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

The Hilton Action Community (HAC) are holding a Public Meeting about the future of the Perth Freight Link at 7.00pm Wednesday 17 February at the Fremantle PCYC, 32A Paget Street, Hilton.

Premier Barnett and Transport Minister Nalder have been invited to the meeting to clarify their plans for the PFL, particularly in view  of the Supreme Court’s invalidation of EPA approval of the highway over Beeliar Wetlands. The community is requesting information about a proposed tunnel under Hilton, Beaconsfield and White Gum Valley.

Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright, who is also a HAC Co-Convenor, said, “A tunnel raises serious concerns about land subsidence, the water table, mature trees and the siting of exhaust ventilation stacks. How can Main Roads or the Minister for Transport talk about preferred tunnel routes when they have no information to give to residents on these matters.”

HAC co-convenor Mary Barton said “This entire Roe 8 farce has been and continues to be a massive waste of taxpayers’ money. The shambolic handling of the planning process is disgraceful, as is the total lack of community consultation. We need the Barnett Government to cancel the Perth Freight Link project and direct all funding to the establishment of the Outer Harbour in Cockburn Sound and improvements to rail links.”
Simone McGurk MLA and Lynn MacLaren MLC have been asked to speak, addressing their parties’ plans for the PFL.

Other speakers are Economist Ian Ker who is Convenor of the Sustainable Transport Coalition WA, and Linda Selvey, Assoc Professor, School of Public Health, Curtin University.



Published 9 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

The Spanda School will be a new yoga centre at the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre, opening on February 20 with a special ‘Angel Walk’ super-charged heart chakra at 7 pm. No late entries so come early.

The organisers are renovating one of the upstairs studios at the community creative centre into a little meditation sanctuary, so go and check it out.

The Blinco Street Cafe is also part of The Fib at 19 Blinco Street and you can find out more and stay in contact with the Spanda School, the Fibonacci Centre and the cafe on Facebook. They all have their own page.

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City of Fremantle & fSpace join forces to support creative small businesses

Published 9 Feb 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The City of Fremantle and local co-working space provider fSpace are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new business incubator program to help small businesses within the creative industries sector. The City of Fremantle and fSpace Creative Industries Program offers qualified businesses three months of subsidised workspace at fSpace, a vibrant co-working space […]


Published 9 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

Fremantle’s very popular ZYDECATS band will perform at the Workers Club at the South Fremantle Football Club this Sunday, Valentine’s Day. They will be playing from 6-9 pm but there is day-time entertainment as well by Inside Cover.

Tickets to attend both events are only $ 5.00 for members and $ 10.00 for guests so a bargain. And it is a community fundraiser, so your money will support others.

The bar will be open and burgers for sale from 5 pm, so support our local clubs and take your loved one to the Freo oval.

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(10/2/16) City of Fremantle & fSpace join forces to support creative small businesses

Published 9 Feb 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle and local co-working space provider fSpace are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new business incubator program to help small businesses within the creative industries sector.

11 hours ago in Media release , Business & development
(10/2/16) City of Fremantle & fSpace join forces to support creative small businesses

Purple Prose for International Women’s Day

Published 8 Feb 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


What do Dockers fans and King George V have in common?

In Purple Prose, Liz Byrski and Rachel Robertson introduce fifteen new works of memoir by Australian women, each responding to the colour purple.

Join Purple Prose authors Rachel Robertson and Deborah Hunn for International Women’s Day. Both mad keen Dockers fans, the pair will discuss their very personal relationship to the colour purple.

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 6 pm–7.30 pm
Free, bookings essential or call 9432 9766


Filed under: Events Tagged: Fremantle Press, international women's day, purple prose

Mayors in push to build outer port

Published 8 Feb 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Below is an article in the West Australian by Brad Thompson that shows how the mayors in the region are all calling for the outer harbour to be the focus of WA’s infrastructure spending. An artist’s impression of how an outer harbour port at Kwinana could look. Image: Supplied Four mayors and the president of WAFarmers […]


Published 8 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



Some observant Freo people might have noticed the flags have not been raised at the Roundhouse and that the cannon was not fired at 1pm yesterday. The reason is that the City of Fremantle is doing maintenance on the mast and riggers are up there to do repairs.

They should finish late next week and then the cannon firing will recommence daily at 1 pm from February 20, and the WA, Aboriginal, Fremantle City, Fremantle Ports, Fremantle Dockers and Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides flags will be raised again together with the Australian flag.

The Roundhouse is the oldest public building in Western Australia and opened in January 1831. It is part of historic Arthur Head and one of the reasons the Bathers Beach Art Precinct should be renamed to Bathers Beach Heritage and Art Precinct.

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Published 8 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

Quite a few people have contacted me to ask about the process the City of Fremantle engaged in to appoint the new CEO Phil St John, a former Director of Planning at Fremantle.

I asked the City and received following answers:

# There were 102 applicants of very high quality.

# Around 20 of them were short-listed.

# 7 selected for detailed interview with the selection panel.

# 4 invited for follow-up interview with the panel.

# Preferred candidate recommended and endorsed by full Council.

# HR consultant Geoff Blades of Lester Blades worked with the COF panel.

# Panel members were Mayor Brad Pettitt, Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson, and Councillors Doug Thompson, Dave Coggin and Rachel Pemberton.

I also clarified that the Fremantle Gazette report today that CEO Graeme McKenzie will stay on till the end of the year is wrong. The hand-over period will be till the end of the financial year and the new CEO will start on May 1.

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Published 8 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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The lack of popularity of one of Fremantle’s most gorgeous beaches continues to amaze me. There was hardly a parking spot left at South Beach at 6.30 last evening but only a handful of people were swimming at inner city Bathers Beach around that time.

There is a lot of parking in a short walking distance from Bathers Beach, there are showers, change rooms, and many hospitality venues to buy food and drinks from, so why do people have the herd mentality and rather be at the other very crowded Freo beaches where parking is often an issue?

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Chimek Out This Burger

Published 8 Feb 2016 by Orla in Love Freo.

You’ve probably seen Chimek’s charcoal beef burgers all over Instagram, we have. So finally we got around to trying one and so should you.

Chimek Chicken + Beer focus mainly on chicken, deep fried six ways but they have one beef offering and that’s the charcoal burger.

Burger King in Japan brought us the back burger and it did look fairly unappetising so Chimek have done us a great service and produced a good-looking tasty version. Black bun, beef, onions, mushrooms and cheese, $10.

Facebook: ChimekPerth
Where: The Yard, Fremantle Markets, Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle 6160.
When: Friday 08:00 – 20:00 Saturday – Sunday 08:00 – 18:00

P.S. There is no beer at Chimek Chicken + Beer :(


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Published 8 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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I was surprised that so many people turned up at the East Street jetty for the first Fremantle food trucks between the bridges today. It will be on every Monday from 5-9 pm till the end of March.

There were only three food trucks but it had a very good community atmosphere with people sitting at the Swan River watching the sunset behind the port. Some even had a quick cooling dip and jumped off the jetty.

If it gets busier a few more seats would be nice, but there is a small park on the other side of the road so that can be utilised as well.

Roel Loopers

Government must allow transparent & independent assessment of TPP

Published 7 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Government must allow transparent & independent assessment of TPP

Ms Parke (4:28pm) — Last Thursday, amid pomp and ceremony, trade ministers gathered in Auckland, New Zealand, to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Despite the overblown rhetoric about the TPP being wonderful for Australian trade, the TPP is more about increasing the power of large corporations than trade.

If it really is good for the country, why is the government refusing to have the Productivity Commission conduct an independent assessment?

Last Wednesday, the parliamentary group on the TPP held a briefing with guest speakers Dr Pat Ranald of AFTINET; Michael Moore, the CEO of the Public Health Association; Ged Kearney, the president of the ACTU; and Danny Faddoul, a senior campaigner for GetUp! At the briefing, AFTINET presented a letter signed by 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians. GetUp! and SumOfUs presented a petition signed by 305,000 Australians. These documents outlined concerns about the impact of the TPP on the cost of medicines, on workers' rights and on environmental regulation. This petition called for assessments of the TPP's economic, health and environmental impacts before parliament votes on the legislation.

We know there is plenty of time for such independent assessments to be carried out, because the TPP has to overcome huge opposition in the US congress in a presidential election year. Canada's trade minister has said the signing in Auckland was purely ceremonial and that the Canadian people would need to have a say before they ratified it. It is time for the Turnbull government to respond to the legitimate concerns of Australians about the TPP, to ensure independent assessments are carried out before ratifying a deal that could have longstanding negative impacts on current and future generations of Australians.

(8/2/16) Recycling stations coming to the CBD

Published 7 Feb 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Keep an eye out for our new permanent recycling stations which are being installed at key locations throughout the CBD in February.

2 days ago in Sustainability , Infrastructure projects
(8/2/16) Recycling stations coming to the CBD

Humanitarian heroes: Dr Ken and Jocelyn Elliott

Published 7 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (4:00pm) — It has been a relief to hear the news this weekend that Jocelyn Elliott, who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso and taken to Mali by an Al-Qaeda-linked group three weeks ago alongside her husband, Dr Ken Elliott, has been released.

However, it is a matter of grave concern that Dr Elliott remains captive to the group which, on the same day as the abduction, killed 28 people in an attack on a hotel and restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou. Dr Ken and Jocelyn Elliott are aged in their eighties. Originally from Perth, the Elliotts have spent the last 43 years in northern Burkina Faso in West Africa building and running a hospital entirely from their own resources and with donations. Theirs is the only hospital for the two million people in the area.

Dr Elliot has been performing 150 surgeries per month. Right now there are patients in the Elliotts' hospital in Djibo with no doctor to manage their treatment. The Elliotts are beloved in their local community and the statement by the kidnapper group accompanying Jocelyn Elliott's release noted the strong community pressure on behalf of the Elliotts. The Australian government has expressed thanks to the governments of Burkina Faso and Niger for their efforts in securing Jocelyn Elliott's release. It is to be hoped that Dr Ken Elliott will also be freed in the near future.

The irony is that if it were not for the kidnappings, this longstanding diligent humanitarian work carried out by these loving people in a poverty-stricken part of the world would not have been widely known in their home country. I am sure that everyone in this place would join me in paying tribute to the Elliotts as quiet heroes for humanity.


Published 7 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

Salted Board


A very nice-looking new cafe/bar has opened on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. Salted Board looks lovely opposite The Monk so try it out and support a new local business. I will check it out later this week.

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Published 7 Feb 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



Signage is important to make people aware of one’s business but I doubt the impact seven A-frame signs have next to each other in a row, as here at the Fremantle Piazza. Does anyone notice individual signs when there are so many? I doubt it! And it look pretty ugly and is visual pollution in my books.

Does the City of Fremantle has a policy on A-frame advertising?

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Tree dies for height bar

Published 7 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

EAST FREMANTLE council is weighing up what action to take after a “beautiful” mature tree was removed from Petra Street last weekend.

What action the council takes may depend on whether ownership of the London Plane can be cleared up: there is confusion about whether it was on private land or in a road reserve.

The tree was on the fringe of the carpark servicing the pet shop, Thai restaurant and optometrist, opposite Stammers.

Hanny Properties managing director Joseph Geha says the tree was felled to make way for a height limit bar.

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“Large, heavy trucks were parking outside the pet store in the car park and causing structural damage,” he says.

“There is a basement below and cracks were starting to form in the roof. It was unfortunate and unavoidable, but there was no work-around and we had to remove the tree.

“We looked into saving the tree, but it was virtually impossible with all the surrounding concrete and services.”

Optometrist Ben Mullen was left querying his own eyesight after he arrived at work on Monday to find the leafy tree replaced by a mound of earth and torn roots.

“I left on Friday and when I came back on Monday morning the tree was gone,” he laments.

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“I was disappointed because it was a gorgeous looking tree and had been there since we opened the shop over 20 years ago.”

Council acting CEO Gary Clark says an investigation is underway.

“Staff have advised me that the tree was in the road reserve,” he says.

“Once we have all the information we will determine what action is required.

“Obviously we treat any unauthorised removal of a community asset such as a mature tree very seriously.”


Carnevale weekend

Published 7 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE Carnevale, Perth’s only “theatrically presented traditional Carnevale” will start this Saturday and has some big surprises, says creative director Ross McAllum.

The Carnevale tradition was born hundreds of years ago to mark the end of Lent, the period when Catholics give up indulgences (though it probably pre-dates Christianity as a pagan celebration).

People were given license to “go crazy” for 10 days, drinking, eating and criticising authority, something that would usually have them thrown in gaol.

Fremantle’s version of the traditional Latin festival may run to a smaller and more sedate scale than its world-famous counterparts in Rio and Venice, but people should still expect serious fun and revelry, says McAllum.

The big surprise to be revealed during Saturday’s parade is, who will be the 2016 King of Carnevale. Honoring the Carnevale tradition of criticising authority, the King is a public figure or “pompous fool” in Australian society who is to be satirised during the festival, and eventually “executed” on the last day of Carnevale, says McAllum.

Past Kings include Wilson Tuckey, Andrew Forrest, Alan Jones and Clive Palmer, and McAllum says this year’s is a “massively known Fremantle character”.

Fremantle Carnevale’s merriment will begin with the parade, starting at 6pm outside the Town Hall, which then leads on to the masked ball at 7pm at Victoria Hall. A mix of music will be played at the ball, by Fado group Luiza com Saudade, Cuban group El Medio Son, and Carnevale regulars Junkadelic, who will bring “Voodoo you think you are?” which honours the voodoo culture of Haiti and New Orleans.

Visit for tickets, and remember to bring your mask!


Pensioners slugged

Published 7 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A VIETNAM war veteran and his family face higher rents thanks to income assessment changes.

As a result of his time in Vietnam John Denney, 70, suffers mental ill-health. The Barnett government now regards his veteran’s disability pension as “assessable income”, resulting in rent going up $12 a week from March 28.

Willagee Labor MP Peter Tinley, formerly a commander with the Australian SAS, notes that even the ATO classifies the veteran’s disability pension as non-taxable income.

“The special rate disability pension will now be assessed and it’s not even really a pension, it’s compensation for veterans hurt in service,” Mr Tinley says.

Wife, Coralie, 67, will see her carer allowance—previously exempt—become part of her “assessable income” too.

• Coralie Denney and grand-daughter Deni Campbell show Peter Tinley how higher rents will impact their budget. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Coralie Denney and grand-daughter Deni Campbell show Peter Tinley how higher rents will impact their budget. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

And from July 1 the couple’s Willagee rent goes up again because the government is lifting the $12-a-week rise cap.

The couple’s grand-daughter Deni Campbell, a university student, can’t believe the government is so desperate for money that it’s shaking the pockets of elderly war veterans for loose change. The 18-year-old says her grandparents raised her after her young mother struggled to cope, and they deserve better.

“It astonishes me that the government would turn to an elderly man, who was forced to go to Vietnam, for money instead of taxing these big companies who are only harming the environment and exploiting workers across Australia,” she says.

“These people live in Homeswest housing because they have nowhere else to turn and without some sort of government assistance, would end up homeless or dead.

“The changes affect so many people: I know someone who is on dialysis and will have their pharmaceutical benefit assessed as part of their income.”


Lawrence to front West End forum

Published 7 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

CARMEN LAWRENCE will speak at a public meeting that’s been called to challenge the boundaries of the proposed heritage listing of Fremantle’s West End.

The former WA Labor premier and federal Fremantle MP now chairs the Australian Heritage Council. The Fremantle Society-organised meeting is 7pm, Thursday February 11 at Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach.

“The area put forward by the current council does not protect the original layout of the historic town which is part of its heritage and significance,” society president John Dowson says.

“Heritage listing by the State Heritage Office gives recognition to places and allows more places to apply for a grant from a meagre pool of money available.”

The WA heritage council has recommended the listing start at Market Street, based on a recommendation by the Fremantle council, but the society wants to rope Kings Square, Arthur Head and the train station into the protected precinct.

Mayor Brad Pettitt challenges Mr Dowson’s claim the council is ignoring its own expert committee by recommending the smaller area. Dr Pettitt says the area put forward was the final recommendation of the West End Working Group.

The working group had been angling for the larger listing when Mr Dowson, a former deputy mayor, and former council heritage architect Agnieshka Kiera were members, but Mr Dowson was not reappointed when the committee was reformed and Ms Kiera resigned, apparently unhappy at the council’s direction, before the final boundaries recommendation was made.


Greyhound cruelty continues despite welfare spotlight

Published 7 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (1:32pm) — This weekend rallies were held across the country calling for an end to greyhound racing. Fremantle's Kings Square alone saw more than 300 people come together. The rallies come ahead of the New South Wales special commission inquiry, expected to report in March.

A year after the ABC's Four Corners program, together with Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland, revealed evidence of live baiting, which led to multiple arrests, suspensions and jail terms, serious concerns remain. Founder of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Dr Eleonora Gullone, argues that:

Despite the spotlight being on them, they continue to engage in these cruel practices.

In addition to the use of live baiting, Dr Gullone estimates a horrifying 94 per cent of greyhounds bred each year are put down. If they do make it to the racetrack, their prospects are often not much better. Animals Australia reveals that five dogs are killed and 200 injured every week in official races. At retirement, only one in five will be used for breeding or rehomed. The rest, roughly 18,000 a year, will be killed. Thousands more are exported to Macau, Vietnam and other countries.

Greyhounds Australasia has developed a 'passport' system, requiring its members to meet animal welfare standards before greyhounds can be exported. However, nonmembers are free to do the wrong thing. The federal government should enact export laws to prohibit the export of greyhounds for racing. However, thus far, Minister Joyce has refused to do so.

It is evident that the welfare of greyhounds must become a greater priority for the federal and state governments. Greyhound exports should be prohibited and greyhound racing should be ended. Until this occurs, there must be independent regulation and greater oversight by federal and state governments, with an end to government funding.

Illegal organ harvesting a modern horror

Published 7 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (12:50pm) — I move:

That this House:

(1) notes continuing concerns in relation to the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners in the People's Republic of China, in addition to allegations of an illegal organ harvesting trade in other parts of Asia and in Europe; and

(2) calls on the government to:

(a) acknowledge the illegal trade of organs as a significant health policy and human rights issue in the international community and publicly condemn organ transplant abuses;
(b) engage in international dialogue, in a human rights context, relating to the harvesting of organs, ensuring cooperation to protect the poorest and most vulnerable groups from organ transplant tourism and the illegal sale of tissues and organs through the development of tools to ensure traceability of organs;
(c) consider federal measures and encourage Australian states and territories to consider measures to ensure that trafficking of human organs is addressed;
(d) urge the Chinese government to immediately cease the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners;
(e) support and encourage universal adoption and implementation of the WHO Guiding Principles on Human Organ Transplantation regarding protection of donors, transparency and the implementation of quality systems including vigilance and traceability; and
(f) urge the Chinese government to increase efforts to set up an organised and efficient national register of organ donation and distribution, and to cooperate with requests from the United Nations Special Rapporteurs and other international bodies and governments for investigations into the system.

Many Westerners, including Australians, are travelling overseas to have organ transplants rather than waiting years for organs to become available at home. While this is a potentially dangerous operation for the organ recipient it is almost always fatal for the donor, if they are in China. As we heard on the SBS Dateline program, 'Human harvest' last year, at least 10,000 organs are transplanted in China every year yet there is only a tiny number of people on the official donor register.

Today, China is ranked second in the world for procedures of this kind, and there is no question that organs are overwhelmingly sourced from executed prisoners or from live prisoners of conscience who are held for their beliefs or minority status. As far back as 1994, Human Rights Watch made the following report:

A growing worldwide trade in human organs, whereby the poor in countries such as India and Brazil are induced to sell their body parts to meet the transplant needs of high-paying customers, largely from the developed countries, has been widely condemned because of its financially exploitative nature and its abuse of medical ethics. China's extensive use of executed prisoners as a source of organs for medical transplantation purposes, a problem which so far has received somewhat less international attention, likewise creates serious cause for concern on a number of basic human rights grounds.

The consent of prisoners to use their organs after death, although required by law, appears rarely to be sought.
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According to Chinese legal authorities, some executions are even deliberately mishandled to ensure that the prisoners are not yet dead when their organs are removed.

The lack of adequate judicial safeguards in China, coupled with the existence of government directives allowing political offenders and other nonviolent criminals to be sentenced to death, virtually guarantee that a significant number of wrongful executions will take place. Some of those unfairly sentenced may be unwitting organ donors.

The use of condemned prisoners' organs involves members of the medical profession in the execution process in violation of international standards of medical ethics. Chinese doctors participate in pre-execution medical tests, matching of donors with recipients and scheduling of operations, often on a first-paid, first-served basis. Surgeons are commonly present at execution grounds to perform on-site removal of vital organs.
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The practice of using executed prisoners' organs for transplant purposes creates an undesirable incentive for the authorities to refrain from either abolishing capital punishment or reducing the scope of its application.

The practice in China of taking organs from people without consent, including from death-row inmates and political prisoners, and of effectively allowing a system of organ harvesting to operate without check is truly one of the modern horrors. Despite official commitments in recent times to stamp out this abhorrent abuse there is ongoing evidence and testimony that the state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs continues, often in circumstances that constitute torture.

Whistleblower accounts of these cruel practices are horrific. In a 2006 public rally held in Washington DC, one whistleblower gave an account of a secret death camp called Sujiatun, which is apparently one of 36 such camps within China: 'There is a hidden facility in Sujiatun that held a large number of Falun Gong practitioners. During their detention their corneas and internal organs, including bone marrow, were being harvested while they were still alive. Even their hair was used to make wigs, and their skin and fat were being traded. Their remains were finally thrown into a crematory, which left no trace.' An independent investigation conducted by a former Canadian Secretary of State, David Kilgour, and Winnipeg human rights lawyer, David Matas—both nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in this area—confirmed the practice in their 2006 report.

China, after many years of denying the practice, has in recent years declared it would no longer harvest organs from executed prisoners. However, transplant rates are continuing to grow without a corresponding growth in legitimate organ donation rates.

In December 2013 the European parliament expressed deep concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic state sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners, and called on the Chinese government to end the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners immediately. The Canadian parliament and US congress have also condemned the unconscionable practice. The United Nations special rapporteurs have called on the Chinese government to account for the sources of organs used in transplant practices, and the World Medical Association and American Society of Transplantation have called for sanctions on Chinese medical authorities.

Numerous countries have moved to prohibit their citizens from travelling to China for organ transplants. The Australian government has endorsed the non-binding 2008 Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, and in 2013 the Senate passed a motion urging the government to oppose the unethical practice of organ harvesting in China.

China is a long way from establishing an ethical, legal, transparent and properly regulated organ donation and transplant system. As a self-proclaimed respecter of human rights, it is incumbent on Australia to do everything possible through legislation, international diplomacy and education to ensure that the measures referred to in the motion are taken and that illegal organ harvesting is brought to an end.

February 2016 Book and Toy Sales

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Toy Sale at Hilton Community Centre

You’ll find plenty of great bargains at the toy sale at Hilton Community Centre.

There’s a range of pre-loved toys from the Toy Library including baby toys, ride-ons, puzzles, games and more.

Everything is $2 or less so they’re sure to go fast.

Thursday 18 February 2016
10am – 11am

Hilton Community Centre
1/34 Paget Street, Hilton


Fremantle City Library Booksale

The next library booksale is on Saturday 20 February!
Everything is $2 or less, so bring a box or a big bag and fill it up with great finds.

At the sale you’ll find fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs, large print, books in other languages and more.

Saturday 20 February 2016
9am – 4pm

Fremantle City Library foyer
8 William Street
Fremantle 6160

Filed under: Events Tagged: booksale, toy sale

The cupboard’s bare, Mr Barnett

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

WE didn’t set this photo up: it’s Judith Murray’s fridge a few days out from pension day.

A handful of vegies in the crisper, a container of coffee, two limes, some vinegar, butter, spring water and a couple of sauces.

The full-time carer wants WA housing minister Colin Holt to explain how she’s going to feed herself after being told the rent on her Fremantle Cold Stores flat is going up $50 a fortnight.

Housing last week issued letters to tenants telling them a range of allowances and subsidies previously excluded as income would be roped in from March, and 25 per cent taken as rent.

It’s drawn howls of complaints from tenants, social services and the Opposition, who say most allowances aren’t income but reimbursement for expenses.

Labor housing shadow Fran Logan says the Barnett government is trying to fix its economic bumbling by punishing those least able to afford it.

Ms Murray says it’s outrageous that Housing is assessing her carers’ allowance as income.

“Ohhhhh, oh my lord,” she groans when asked how she’ll cope.

“I’ll be going down to the soup van, I’ll be lining up at St Pat’s.”

She says she’s already a virtual vegan because she can’t afford meat, and she worries about visitors dropping by when she’s down to the last few sheets of toilet paper a few days out from her pension.

“There’s also the emotional costs, because as a 24-hour carer it’s quite taxing. As a treat once a week I can go to Manna to have a cup of coffee, and it’s just time out where no-one’s calling on me.

“Already sometimes I say to people ‘I can’t come for coffee because I’ve got something on’, when the reality is I don’t have any money in my purse.”

Judith Murray wonders how she’ll feed herself with higher WA Housing Department rents. Photo by Steve Grant

Judith Murray wonders how she’ll feed herself with higher WA Housing Department rents. Photo by Steve Grant

Ms Murray says being a full-time carer for a family member saves the government $31,920 a year in staffing costs alone, and she does it for the equivalent of $4.69 an hour.

Some elderly residents in her complex have decided to get their heaters removed: they pay a levy for the heaters and not being able to afford to run them makes keeping them a waste of money.

Colin Holt defends the change as “equitable”, claiming all public housing tenants are being treated the same.

In an interview with Channel 9 he claimed the changes bring WA into line with other states: “This is a standard practice across Australia,” he told TV viewers. “We want to harmonise our rent — some people are already paying 25 per cent. It’s just bringing all of those [people] in line with that.”

But when the Herald checked with other states’ housing departments the minister’s claim didn’t stack up.

South Australia, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory do not consider the pharmaceutical benefit, carer’s allowance, veteran’s special disability allowance or mobility allowances as income.

Queensland under the former Liberal National Newman government introduced similar provisions in 2014, but not even it roped in the disability pension paid by the federal veterans affairs department.

The Herald asked Mr Holt’s office to explain the discrepancy, but we didn’t hear back before deadline.

Mr Logan says Labor will overturn the changes if elected in 2017.

“I can’t see any reason not to, because they haven’t been justified it in any way,” the Cockburn MP told the Herald.

“The Liberal-National government is now blatantly attacking pensioners, the disabled and veterans who rent state government housing.”

Paul Coates, CEO of CarersWA, says his organisation’s started fielding worried calls but many won’t yet be aware of the implications. “We have research which estimates that the cost/value of caring each year is $60 billion and therefore their contribution to society is immense both in terms of social/health contribution, let alone the financial saving to the community,” he says, describing the changes as “mealy-mouthed”.


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Dome in Deep Water

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

DOME is set to open a new multi-million dollar cafe at Deep Water Point Reserve in Mt Pleasant.

At a special meeting this week Melville city council voted for the CEO to proceed with final negotiations with the WA-based international cafe chain on the terms of a lease.

The picturesque waterfront site—located between the Canning and Mt Henry Bridges—is leased by council to Manta Services, which has run a cafe there for six years.

The Herald understands the council wants a flagship cafe with better views.

After expressions of interest closed Dome was announced preferred bidder, and last year presented to the council its vision for the landmark site.

• These cyclists won’t have far too pedal from Canning Bridge if Dome gets its Deep Water Point cafe up. Photo supplied | Dome website

• These cyclists won’t have far too pedal from Canning Bridge if Dome gets its Deep Water Point cafe up. Photo supplied | Dome website

Dome CEO Nigel Oakey says he has spent hours down at Deep Water Point Reserve to get a feel for the location.

“We have worked with environmental consultants and historical researchers to ensure we have a proposal that is sympathetic with the beautiful surroundings,” he says.

“We are very conscious of the natural beauty of this site and we want something that is holistic and sustainable.”

Mr Oakey declined to go into details of the cafe’s size and design but says if all goes well construction can start in winter.

Council CEO Shayne Silcox refused to say when Manta Services will leave.

“The current lessee has a periodic tenancy, with the value of rental based on a commercial arrangement,” he says.

The Herald contacted the cafe for comment, but it didn’t get back to us.


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Housing denies asbestos claim

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A HAMILTON HILL resident claims WA Housing department workers removed asbestos-lined eaves from her house without her knowledge, while she sat inside with her mother.

Housing denies the accusation, saying the contractor informed Venadene Lee the eaves contained asbestos and that the necessary steps were taken to seal the window and door area while the family sat inside.

“The worker turned up without any prior notification and said he was there to do some maintenance work, but he didn’t inform me that it involved removing material with asbestos in it,” Ms Lee says.

“My mother was inside and they even opened the door at one point to plug in a power tool.

• Marie Thorne and Catherine Porter support Venadene Lee and daughter Medina outside their Hamilton Hill home. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Marie Thorne and Catherine Porter support Venadene Lee and daughter Medina outside their Hamilton Hill home. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

“It was very unprofessional.”

Housing manager Greg Cash says he is satisfied the works were completed safely and in compliance with the rules.

He says the contractor was initially going to just leave a calling card, but Ms Lee told him to go ahead.

“A routine inspection of this property had found paint covering asbestos containing material on the front eaves was bubbling, and the housing authority arranged for the eaves to be removed and replaced,” Mr Cash says. “The contractor attempted to contact Ms Lee a number of times, but was not successful. The contractor advised Ms Lee the front door would need to be closed during set-up and removal of the eaves.

“The contractor also sealed the windows and door area as a precaution.”


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Dumper caught in the act

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Neil Robinson next to illegally dumped rubbish in Wattleup (photo by Matthew Dwyer) and, inset, Neil’s photo of an alleged dumper caught in the act.

• Neil Robinson next to illegally dumped rubbish in Wattleup (photo by Matthew Dwyer) and, inset, Neil’s photo of an alleged dumper caught in the act.

A POLICE investigation is underway after a plucky 15-year-old confronted a man illegally dumping rubbish in Wattleup.

Walking home from school, Neil Robinson spotted a ute reversing up a track in bushland, off Torgoyle Road.

Curious, the youngster ventured in and spotted a man dumping bricks and garden waste along a track.

Neil told the man he wasn’t allowed to dump rubbish and prepared to take a photo with his phone: the man tried to bend up his numberplate to hide the ID and Neil says he became verbally abusive.

The brave teen stuck to his guns and got a photo of the licence plate before legging it out of the bush to phone his dad, Jeff, who forwarded the photo to the cops.

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“My son has always been community-minded and I think it’s great he stood up to someone dumping rubbish,” his proud father says.

A photo of the the dumper, wearing an Electrical Trades Union-branded shirt, was posted on a local Facebook page, prompting a member to jump to the union’s defence.

Cockburn ranger manager Bruce Mentz says the council has not received an incident report and notes the council can only prosecute if there is a witness, or if the offender is caught by a city officer red-handed.

Illegal dumpers can be fined up to $10,000 if prosecuted in court.

A WA Police spokesperson says the incident was reported and inquiries are ongoing.


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Chook ale!

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A DESIGN that incorporates the Herald newspaper has won a Little Creatures’ art competition and will appear on two million bottles of its best-selling Pale Ale.

Printmaker Graeme Pages-Oliver seduced the beer-loving public with his drawing of seagulls filching chips wrapped in one of our newspapers.

“I wanted to incorporate elements that were quintessentially Fremantle, so I had seagulls, fish and chips, the Esplanade and the Herald newspaper,” the 67-year-old artist says.

“We lived in Fremantle from 2006-10 while my son was attending John Curtin College of the Arts.

“Wherever I go, I love reading the local paper to get a genuine feel for what’s going on, so I enjoyed sitting down with the Herald back then.”

• This winning label design will feature on 2 million bottles of Little Creatures Pale Ale.

• This winning label design will feature on 2 million bottles of Little Creatures Pale Ale.

Sixty artists entered the competition, with the five finalists displayed in the Little Creatures brewhouse, where the public voted for their favourite.

Pages-Oliver, who now lives in Darlington and regularly exhibits at the Mundaring Hills Open Studio, is hoping the exposure will give him a late-career fillip.

“Normally my print runs are between 15 and 25, but this time my art will be on two million bottles—it’s quite a step up,” he says.

“I just hope they don’t expect me to personally sign every one…”

The special-edition Pale Ales are expected to hit bottle shops across Australia in June.


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Vet ‘won’t pay’

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THOLLAND STREET tenant John Hannah says he won’t pay more rent but concedes he hasn’t figured out what to do if he’s evicted.

The Vietnam veteran was awarded a disability pension in 1994 as a result of injuries received when his troop carrier hit a land mine. He returned for a second tour after the incident but technology at the time wasn’t good enough to detect the hairline fractures the blast had left in his spine.

As the gaps widened he endured years of operations and pain before finally being pensioned at the age of 43.

Mr Hannah scrimped and saved his pension — and some money from a divorce settlement — to put his four children through university. One picked up a young scientist of the year award and now works in Germany, while another is working on the globally significant SKA telescope up north.

Mr Hannah told the Herald he was hoping he’d reached a stage in life where he could take a few holidays and relax. But he says that’s unlikely if he wears the $355 a fortnight increase the Barnett government is whacking him with.

• John Hannah, with war medals displayed on the rear window of his car, with WA Labor housing shadow Fran Logan and Fremantle MP Simone McGurk. 

• John Hannah, with war medals displayed on the rear window of his car, with WA Labor housing shadow Fran Logan and Fremantle MP Simone McGurk.

He currently pays $196.20 a fortnight, which is 25 per cent of his war service pension. The higher rent will include a raft of currently unassessed allowances as income.

“Almost none of these allowances are considered by the tax office to be income, so why are they being included by the housing department,” he asks.

“War compensation has never been considered an income, not since it was set up in 1922. To consider the pharmaceutical allowance as income — well, that’s just a joke.”

Housing has written to Mr Hannah saying the increase will be capped at $12 a week until June, but after that he’s expected to pay the full amount.

Fremantle Labor MLA Simone McGurk met with Mr Hannah this week: “what has it come to when people can’t even afford to live in public housing,” she asks.


6. Sunset Events 17x3 on some of the benefits of state’s biggest ever heritage listing.

Published 4 Feb 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

A good article by Kerry Faulkner on some of the benefits of state listing Freo’s West End. Fremantle’s High Street West End in the present (left) contrasted to its appearance in the boom period (right). The inclusion of Fremantle’s West End on the state’s heritage register will cement its reputation as an exceptional part […]

Befriend Summer Sessions

Published 3 Feb 2016 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

One of our Impact100 Fremantle 2015 Finalists Befriend are kickstarting summer with a series of free events, Befriend Summer Sessions!

Befriend Summer Sessions are casual social gatherings on Sunday afternoons at various parks around Perth.

There’ll be a local musician playing an acoustic set for your entertainment, and a couple of Befirend volunteers cooking up a BBQ, so you can snack on a hotdog for a gold coin donation.

Summer Sessions are a great way to get out and about on a Sunday afternoon, meet some new people, and get your year off to a sunny start!

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Influencing Better Building Design in Fremantle: A Beach Street Case Study

Published 3 Feb 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

There is often debate about the look and quality of new developments in Fremantle and the ability of the Fremantle Council and our Design Advisory Committee to influence and improve building design outcomes. I thought the recent development application for 1 Beach Street shows an example of how this influence can work well. On 17 September 2015, […]

Australia must denounce Ethiopian unrest

Published 3 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (1:51pm) — I wish to speak again of the serious human rights situation facing communities in Ethiopia. Since November last year it is believed that more than 140 people have been killed by security forces after a new wave of protests began in the Oromia region,

following the government's announcement relating to the expansion of the municipal boundary of Addis Ababa. The community feared this decision would result in the forced displacement of farmers, without adequate compensation. The protests, which have for the most part been peaceful, were responded to with mass arrests, brutality and the use of live ammunition. This comes as the government continues to arbitrarily arrest and prosecute protestors, journalists and supporters of opposition political parties. Nine weeks after the protests began the government halted its plan, but there continues to be daily reports of killings and mass arrests, with at least 27 people reported to have been killed since this time.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 21 January 2016 condemning the situation, calling for an immediate end to violence, and urging the Ethiopian government to carry out a credible, transparent and impartial investigation into the alleged human rights breaches in relation to the protests. Last week in Perth people united on the steps of state parliament in an act of solidarity. I urge the Australian government show the same solidarity, especially at a time when we are seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

It is evident that unless we see a change to the Ethiopian government's approach to development, which must involve genuine community consultation, the unrest is likely to continue as local communities unite to protect their rights to freedom, justice and equality.

(4/2/16) City of Fremantle appoints new CEO

Published 3 Feb 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip St John as its new Chief Executive Officer.

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City of Fremantle appoints Phil St John as new CEO

Published 3 Feb 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The media release just went out: The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip St John as its new Chief Executive Officer. The decision was made to appoint Mr St John at a special meeting of council last night. His selection followed a six month national search to replace current CEO […]

Condolence for Mr Liam Barry

Published 3 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (12:00pm) — 'If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time.' This was the lifelong philosophy of Mr William 'Liam' Barry, a human rights and social justice campaigner of Australind in the south-west of WA

who died aged 68 last November. Born in County Cork, Ireland, the young, adventure-seeking Liam took the £10 migration offer to Australia, landing in Fremantle in 1970. As a fitter and turner he would easily find work across the north-west of Western Australia in the booming mining industry, and ultimately spent 28 years working for Alcoa at the company's Pinjarra and then Wagerup operations before retiring from his mechanical supervisory position in 2006.

Liam was recognised early on for his natural leadership skills. At Alcoa, he became the worker's representative as a union convenor in the 1980s. The satisfaction of helping people and improving working conditions drove Liam's passion for politics and positive change. He quickly became a sharp negotiator and public speaker and, though unsuccessful in his quest to gain preselection, remained dedicated to the Australian Labor Party.

I came to know Liam when I stood for the then seat of Mitchell as a Labor candidate in the WA state election of December 1996. Liam joined me on the election campaign as an enthusiastic volunteer. Even though we lost that election, Liam stayed in touch with me over many years, inviting me to speak at the John Boyle O'Reilly ceremonies he organised each year. During the eight years I worked as a lawyer with the UN, Liam would send me regular emails updating me on local, national and international news, as well as his progress on the books he was working on and his local campaigns to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International and other good causes.

Liam also undertook, at his own expense, various missions to some of the world's poorest and most war-torn places, carrying out volunteer engineering and other work. A 2002 trip, for which he took long service leave, to Palestine's West Bank to conduct volunteer research work at Nablus University made international headlines when Liam and seven others were arrested at gunpoint and held for five days by the Israeli Army. The group had been in Balata refugee camp trying to help the sick and wounded after it had been shelled by Israeli forces. Being based in Gaza at the time, I exchanged phone calls with Liam regarding his arrest and detention and offered moral support, not that he really needed it. He was happy in the knowledge that he had been acting in support of the Palestinian people.

In 2004, Liam took his interest in peace and human rights to Curtin University, ultimately earning a Masters degree in human rights, and later publishing the book Israel's Brutal War Against the Palestinian People. Liam was an avid supporter of the United Nations, Amnesty International, the Red Cross, World Vision and Greenpeace.

Together with working many hours of overtime to support his family, Liam pursued his great passion chronicling the lives of Irish Republican or Fenian figures and researching many facets of oral history, writing or contributing to six books on the subject. His best-known work, The Dramatic Escape of John Boyle O'Reilly, details the life and times of a Fenian convict sentenced to death, but whose sentence was commuted to deportation to the Western Australian penal colony in 1869.

Even as a prisoner, O'Reilly was a charismatic figure, a writer and poet, who was assisted by a local catholic priest to escape the Bunbury prison hide-out on the coast, and catch a lift with an American whaling ship to Boston. Following his escape to Boston, O'Reilly became a renowned author, poet, human rights activist and newspaper owner, and assisted in planning the famous escape from Fremantle prison of six other Fenian prisoners on the Catalpa whaling ship to America. There is a memorial to John Boyle O'Reilly in Boston and Liam drove the installation of a granite memorial to O'Reilly at his purported escape point—the northern tip of Leschenault Peninsula north of Bunbury and for 25 years organised annual celebrations of the unlikely historical feat, a task that has now been taken up by others, including Bunbury's Tom Dillon.

In 2012, Liam was awarded the prestigious Brendan Award by the Irish Australian Heritage Association for his contributions to Irish-Australian history and his John Boyle O'Reilly efforts in particular. Liam served as the president of the South West Irish Club from 1994 to 2000, organising Rose of Tralee Balls and St Patrick's Day parades. Many a Barry family outing would be spent touring local grave and other historical sites around the south-west. I am told that his broad knowledge and keen interest rendered his children too scared to ask for help on school assignments for fear of it resulting in a book being published.

The second child of six born to Catherine and Daniel Barry, Liam came from humble origins. He always said that life was tough growing up, but always knew that there were people out there worse off than himself. Like so many migrants who have dedicated their lives to this country, Liam's life epitomises the implicit Australian social contract: opportunities and acceptance in return for hard work and social commitment. I say thanks to Liam for his passion and his activism for good causes and for the long support and friendship that he gave to me. I offer my condolences to Liam's family: his wife of 42 years, Lyn; his four children, Tania, Shayne, Michelle and Scott; and his seven grandchildren.

Fires galvanize communities, point to climate change risks

Published 3 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (11:21am) — Today I rise to extend my thanks to the hundreds of professional emergency personnel and countless volunteers who have come to the aid of communities across the south and south-west of Western Australia, which have recently been ravaged by unstoppable and fatal bushfires.

I particularly offer my condolences to those who have suffered loss as a result of these fires.

Burning for 17 days, the devastating Waroona-Yarloop fire basically razed the small town of Yarloop, claiming the lives of two elderly residents, destroying important community heritage and impacting more than 400 agricultural properties and national parks across almost 70,000 hectares. Last November, four people in Esperance lost their lives during another massive set of bushfires that scorched more than 300,000 hectares of mostly agricultural land where farmers had been eagerly anticipating the harvest of a bumper wheat crop.

In the face of these catastrophes, emergency personnel worked tirelessly to alert and protect affected communities. Even while embers and smoke still filled the skies, the wider community sprang into action to help evacuate people and animals from the path of the fires. At the holiday community of Preston Beach, where there is only one road in and out, local sea-rescue teams and recreational boaters plucked stricken families from the beach and ferried them to safety. I know that the equestrian community, which is so prominent in the south-west, rallied to help people transport their horses to safety. Around 400 livestock, mostly cattle, are reported to have perished, but the farming community's livestock removal effort as the fire approached, and the donation of feed, saved the lives of many more creatures. Staff and volunteers at the Waroona vet clinic continue to work around the clock caring for both the injured domestic and the injured native animals that have been rescued. It is often a very sad fact that bushfires bring terrible consequences for our native, farm and domestic animals.

Whether for human or horse, dog, kangaroo or cow, these disasters—as so many before them also have done—reveal the ultimate strength of our communities: the compassion and volunteerism and the unquestioning camaraderie that spontaneously emerges in the face of such danger. Residents in neighbouring shires and towns in the south-west offered free emergency accommodation to complete strangers. The organisers of the Southbound Music Festival, which was cancelled due to the Waroona-Yarloop emergency, quickly established a relief fund based on ticket refund donations and organised a fundraising concert in Perth to help with the expense of recovery.

The emergency phase of these fires may now have passed, but the relief and recovery effort continues. It is truly humbling to witness the extent and broad range of specialist support that is being offered to the recovery and rebuilding effort. Musicians in my electorate of Fremantle are lending their talents to a fire appeal concert this weekend. Others have given their time to help reinstate more than 25 kilometres of irrigation to a melaleuca oil plantation near the town of Harvey. This Friday, volunteers working through BlazeAid, an organisation set up in the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria to expedite the urgent re-fencing needs in agricultural communities struck by fire, will set up camp on Waroona Oval to assist with replacing the countless miles of essential agricultural fencing lost during the blaze. Nearly three months on BlazeAid continues to run a volunteer camp at Grass Patch to assist those who need help restoring fences lost during the Esperance fires. People have done, and will again in the future, all that they physically can to stop these fires or hold back flood waters to minimise the loss to life and property.

The south-west corner of Australia is amongst the most biodiverse places on the planet. Since the mid-1970s this unique place has seen a steady decline in rainfall—the rate of which is accelerating—and increasing temperatures. The country is tinder dry and entire forests are in a state of collapse. Last year was the hottest year since recording began. Fire has been an ever-present threat in our country but, as we have witnessed across the south-west, as we saw in Victoria in 2009 and again recently and as we are seeing in Tasmania right now, it is clear that the ferocity and sheer magnitude of bushfire events are on the rise.

Taking effective action on climate change to minimise its devastating impacts should be the key concern of our time. Ignorance and delay only imperil our future and offend the type of community can-do spirit of the people who have battled to survive horrific natural disasters.

Migration Act changes rushed to circumvent law

Published 3 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

It was the government’s despicable and rushed amendments to the Migration Act in June last year, which were unfortunately supported by the Opposition, that resulted in today’s High Court win. The High Court made it clear that the applicant would have been successful

in arguing that the Commonwealth and the Minister acted beyond their power in detaining her on Nauru, if not for the 2015 amendments which had retrospective effect.

During the limited debate on the Bill, I referred to the numerous inquiries and reports confirming abuse of asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru and expressed concern that the extremely broad wording of the Bill and its retrospectivity would appear to validate the detention of asylum seekers and all actions and arrangements in offshore detention centres since August 2012. This has come to pass and the result will be vulnerable families including children potentially being sent back to an extremely unsafe environment, and impunity for perpetrators of abuse.

For the government to claim that its asylum seeker system is constitutionally and legally sound in domestic law may be true in a strict legal sense, but this merely reflects the fact that under the Australian constitution, there is very little protection for human rights and parliament has virtually unlimited powers, as we saw with the High Court decision in Al-Kateb some years ago, which found that someone who is stateless and has committed no crime can still be held indefinitely under the Migration Act.

Australia’s actions are certainly a serious violation of our international legal obligations and are utterly repugnant in a moral sense.

Melissa Parke's 3 February 2016 statement to ABC's Lateline.

ABCC changes attack basic rights

Published 3 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (6:51pm) — I am glad to have the opportunity to speak against the Building Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill. It seeks to reintroduce measures that are offensive to Australian values and that infringe basic human rights; it is a bill with a false premise—namely, that there are special dangers in the building and

construction industry that require unacceptably draconian measures in response. The truth is there are real dangers in the building and construction industry, as there are at sea and on the wharves—and they are principally dangers to the safety and wellbeing of the workers who build Australia and who connect our island nation through maritime freight and transport to the rest of the world.

The government has returned this bill to parliament entirely on the basis of cynicism, and entirely to suit their own narrow political purposes. It is disappointing to begin our parliamentary work in an election year with a piece of ideological propaganda masquerading as legislation. It is disappointing that our work here, which should be focused on the big social and economic challenges like climate change and affordable housing and mental health, is instead occupied with partisan manoeuvring. The Prime Minister has acknowledged that Australians want to talk about the important issues that will shape our future, yet we begin this year as we ended the last—with an attempt to misrepresent the labour movement, to demonise workers and the unions that represent them.

But this bill goes further than that because it offends against a number of critical human rights principles—and no-one should be sanguine about that, least of all those who profess to understand the importance of individual rights and liberties. Others have quoted Nicola McGarrity and Professor George Williams from the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, but I want to repeat their analysis for the benefit of my constituents. They have said, quite plainly, in relation to the powers that this bill would seek to re-establish:

… the ABC Commissioner's investigatory powers have the potential to severely restrict basic democratic rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of association, the privilege against self-incrimination and the right to silence.

Those rights and freedoms are fundamental to our way of life.

There is no tolerance for criminality in Australian life. Where that occurs—at a work site or in a boardroom—it should be dealt with by the responsible law enforcement authorities. If there are instances of fraud or misconduct within any industry, be it the construction industry or the financial advisory sector, those cases should be investigated and pursued in the courts, as has always been the case. But let's remember that the Cole royal commission—all $60 million and 23 volumes worth—resulted in not one criminal prosecution.

I am always concerned that people should approach these issues with some reference to the real world, and so I encourage members to revisit the recent ABC 7.30 report on the tragic deaths of two young men that occurred on a Jaxon construction site in Perth in 2015. Mick Buchan of the WA branch of the CFMEU has quite rightly pointed out that the under-funding of workplace safety mechanisms and oversight resources has meant that the danger to life and limb in the construction industry has grown. That is something that people must recognise whenever they hear the term 'militant union', because the fact that unions like the CFMEU and the MUA are strong in their response to unsafe working conditions flows directly from the fact that too many workers in those industries do not come home or come home with serious injuries.

To put things in perspective on the question of the need for regulatory reform, let's also remember that, while two royal commissions, costing the Australian taxpayer $140 million, have resulted in 150 recommendations for further investigation—but, as yet, no criminal prosecutions—11,000 workers in the last year alone needed to have $22.3 million recovered in back pay by the Fair Work Ombudsman. That is why Labor, on behalf of working Australians, is proposing more effective regulation to protect workers from underpayment, sham contracting and other forms of exploitation.

Australia has so many important and urgent challenges that it really seems bizarre that we should have to deal with this reheated folly the government has brought before us. It is an approach the Australian community thoroughly rejected when it removed the Howard government. It is an approach that was thoroughly rejected in the form of the Orwellian Work Choices.

Let me conclude by saying that the shadow minister cut to the heart of the issue when he said that workers in the building and construction industry should be subject to the same laws as other workers. It is a matter of basic fairness, and it is a case that has been made with great clarity, detail and force by my colleagues.

Borrow a Discovery Backpack

Published 2 Feb 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Just arrived at the library – fresh fun for littlies in a yellow backpack! Each one is filled with wonderful picture books, a board book that can withstand a little rough and tumble, as well as puppets and musical instruments perfect for little hands.

There are also lots of activities to enjoy together to help parents support their child’s early language and literacy development at home. Borrow one from the library now, with thanks to the Better Beginnings program.

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(3/2/16) T.A.G. Hungerford Award call for entries

Published 2 Feb 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Nominations for the 2016 T.A.G. Hungerford Award are now open. The prestigious award recognises an unpublished work of fiction or creative non-fiction with the winner receiving a cash prize of $12 000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Nominations close 5.00 pm, Friday 18 March 2016.

The award is proudly supported by The City of Fremantle.

Visit the Fremantle Press website  or contact 08 9430 6331 for more info.

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ABC TV’s Catalyst – Battery Powered Homes

Published 2 Feb 2016 by Joshs House in Josh's House.

Did you miss out on last night’s ABC TV Catalyst episode on Battery Powered Homes? Dr. Jonica Newby investigated the power revolution that is home batteries and she included a visit to Josh’s House. As part of the ongoing research activities at Josh’s House through Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living, a new 8kWh LiFePO4 battery unit ...

Government must order archaeological dig for artefacts in Beeliar Wetlands

Published 2 Feb 2016 by Eloise Dortch in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC says the Government should use the opportunity of delay arising from the court decision to invalidate environmental approval of Roe 8 to order an expert archaeological investigation for Aboriginal artefacts in the proposed road’s development area. 

“There are six registered or formerly registered Aboriginal sites within the Roe 8 project area, of which at least two are extremely significant, and yet these have not been properly investigated or recognised by the Government,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“We have evidence of how the oldest continuous culture on Earth lived right under our nose, it is not only significant to our State’s heritage, it’s globally significant. 

“A significant archaeological site on the northern bank of Bibra Lake known as DAA 4107 was removed off the Aboriginal Sites Register in 2015 following a cursory examination by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, whose investigation consisted of two officers walking over the site and digging one 20 centimetre-deep hole. 

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Amnesty report finds freedom of expression crackdown in Malaysia

Published 2 Feb 2016 by in Melissa Parke MP for Fremantle.

Ms Parke (1:30pm) — I wish to briefly refer to a new report from Amnesty International highlighting the extent of the crackdown on freedom of expression currently taking place in Malaysia. The report—entitled Critical Repression—shows how the use of the Sedition Act

in Malaysia has risen sharply since the Malaysian government won the 2013 general election. Between 2009 and 2012, there were around 30 charges under the Sedition Act. Since the 2013 election, however, there have been 176 sedition cases involving various individuals, usually for comments or acts deemed critical of the government. In 2015 alone, there were at least 91 instances of the Sedition Act being used to arrest, investigate or charge individuals, sometimes more than once. That is nearly five times as many as during the first 50 years of the act's existence.

Amnesty's report contends that freedom of expression is under attack in Malaysia, with civil society, activists, academics, opposition politicians, journalists and even cartoonists such as Zunar being targeted. Zunar's case is worth briefly highlighting. He is facing a record nine counts of sedition, one for each tweet he made following a Federal Court ruling on 10 February 2015 which upheld the conviction and prison sentence of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. That case is widely seen by human rights groups as politically motivated and Amnesty International considers Anwar Ibrahim to be a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International is calling on the Malaysian government to repeal the Sedition Act, ensure that all convictions under the act are quashed, and unconditionally release all those who are imprisoned or detained under the act. I urge the Australian government and parliamentary colleagues to acquaint themselves with this important Amnesty report.

(2/2/16) Special meeting of council

Published 1 Feb 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

A special meeting of council will be held Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 5.30 pm to discuss the appointment of the City of Fremantle CEO from July 2016. 

An opportunity to ask questions during public question time will be provided, however the item is a confidential item, and discussion will be closed to the public. 

The meeting will be held in the council chamber (8 William Street Fremantle).  Entry is via the white spiral staircase, near the Jean Hobson playground.

1 week ago in Council
(2/2/16) Special meeting of council

FreoMatch funding program open for 10 more days!

Published 1 Feb 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

FreoMatch funding program is open once again for applications, with only a few remaining weeks for sustainability project innovators to apply. The model, based on a ‘tipping point’ approach is designed to encourage participants to seek community support and involvement in their projects through crowdfunding, with those successfully reaching 50% of their total target being […]

Bathers Beach Arts Precinct/ J-Shed Open Weekend Video

Published 31 Jan 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

A nice laid back video f the J-Shed and Bathers Beach Arts Precinct open weekend.

2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award submissions now open

Published 31 Jan 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.

$12,000 writing prize up for grabs
Submissions for the 2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award are open.
Western Australia’s longest running and most prestigious award for an unpublished
manuscript offers a cash prize of $12,000 from the City of Fremantle and a publishing
contract with Fremantle Press.

Speaking from a surf trip in the Caribbean, 2014 winner Madelaine Dickie joked that
she’d considered blowing her prize money on lobsters and rum but was actually
going to use it for a writing retreat.

‘You can write when you work full-time, but it’s hard. The prize money means I can
buy myself some time to keep practising what I love. For me, winning the Hungerford
has been the single most important event in my life as a writer,’ said Dickie.

Dickie won the award for Troppo, a work of fiction that will be published in August
2016. Set during the uneasy years of the Bali nightclub and Jakarta embassy
bombings, Troppo explores Australia’s relationship with Indonesia – a theme that
couldn’t be more topical.

Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter said Dickie wasn’t the only shortlisted 2014
Hungerford entrant to secure a publishing contract. She said Portland Jones and
Mihaela Nicolescu both have books coming out in 2016 – the latter with Fremantle

‘The Hungerford has been running for over two decades and is part of Fremantle
Press’s mission to find and publish new and emerging Western Australian authors.
That’s a commitment to local writers that hasn’t wavered in our 40-year history,’ said

Richter said the Hungerford was the only Western Australian award judged

‘Above all, the judges are looking for the kind of story that grips you and doesn’t let
you go. It’s always hugely exciting to discover a new voice, and new talent, in this
way,’ said Richter.

The City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award is a biennial award that celebrates
literary merit and originality, and is given for a full-length manuscript of fiction or
creative non-fiction by a Western Australian author previously unpublished in book
form. Past recipients of the award are Brenda Walker, Gail Jones, Natasha Lester,
Jacqueline Wright, Robert Edeson, Nathan Hobby, Bruce Russell, Christopher Murray,
Donna Mazza, Simone Lazaroo and Alice Nelson.

Entry forms and full terms and conditions are available from Entries close on Friday 18 March

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Claire Miller,, 0419 837 841


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