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(17/1/2019) Donate Without Doubt raises $17,000 for St Pat's

Published 16 Jan 2019 by timw in News & Media.

Donations to provide assistance and support to the homeless and disadvantaged in Fremantle through the City of Fremantle’s Donate Without Doubt program have reached more than $17,000.

The program started in February 2016 as a way for residents and visitors to Fremantle to assist people in need while having confidence their donation would be put to good use.

5 hours ago in Community , Media release
(17/1/2019) Donate Without Doubt raises $17,000 for St Pat's


Published 16 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


Want to be a part of one of Perth’s biggest and newest hospitality venues? Freo.Social is opening soon and they need crew to man the ship.

Between the Entertainment Hall, Brewshed, in-house food trucks, extensive beer gardens, 4 bars, 58 beer taps and other offerings, the 800-capacity venue has something to excite everyone.

Freo Social are after the best Managers, Supervisors, Floor staff, Bar Staff and Kitchen Hands out there.

“We understand that hospo is a two-way road and we plan on investing time, training and energy into you!”

Read more about Freo.Social and the available positions and apply here >>>…

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Published 16 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


One Day



The line-up for Fremantle’s ONE DAY event on January 27 has been finalised.Talented young Indigenous singer Emily Wurramara, local band The Hunting Birds and indie-pop rockers The Spring Peaks will be joining headliner Montaigne and Adrian Eagle on the Esplanade stage.

20-year-old Wurramara, originally from Groote Eylandt off the coast of the Northern Territory, sings in both English and her first language Anindilyakwa.

She was nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album for her album Milyakburra.

Fremantle folk/rock five-piece The Hunting Birds have appeared at major festivals including Falls Festival Downtown and Bluesfest Byron Bay, plus support slots with folk heavyweights The Lumineers and English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner. Last year they released their debut EP In Its Nature.

Perth band The Spring Peaks have previously shared a stage with artists including End of Fashion and Birds of Tokyo. Their next single is set to be released in early 2019 which will be the title track of their forthcoming EP.

Headline act Montaigne said she was very proud to be part of One Day.

“I like that there’s an event in the country where we can celebrate Australia without alienating the descendants of its first people,” the Sydney-based singer songwriter said.

WA Music Industry Award winning Noongar singer Gina Williams will return to MC and perform at One Day for the third time, with Dr Richard Walley OAM and Marie Taylor delivering the Welcome to Country for the event.

One Day in Fremantle on 27 January will begin with a smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach at 8am, followed by a host of Aboriginal cultural workshops and activities at Kidogo Arthouse for everyone to enjoy.

At 2pm the focus will shift to the Esplanade Reserve for the One Day concert. In addition to the performers on the main stage there will also be activities, entertainment and food trucks.

For more information visit the One Day in Fremantle page on the City of Fremantle website and Facebook.

Roel Loopers

(16/1/2019) One Day in Fremantle stage line-up confirmed

Published 16 Jan 2019 by timw in News & Media.

Talented young Indigenous singer Emily Wurramara, local band The Hunting Birds and indie-pop rockers The Spring Peaks will be joining headliner Montaigne and Adrian Eagle for the One Day in Fremantle concert on 27 January.

20-year-old Wurramara, originally from Groote Eylandt off the coast of the Northern Territory, sings in both English and her first language Anindilyakwa.

She was nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album for her album Milyakburra.

22 hours ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(16/1/2019) One Day in Fremantle stage line-up confirmed


Published 15 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.



The fences finally came down along the Brush Factory development on the corner of Duke and George streets in East Fremantle, so I went to have another look at it this morning.

I know that beauty is difficult to quantify because it has different meanings for all of us, but I do find the modern top-level addition on the old building quite intriguing, while some other parts are just not my cup of tea.

I do not like the darkness the dark bricks create along Duke Street, where apartment buildings have been added, and I find that the northern side of development, which faces the old Royal George hotel, has very strange and awkward angles, almost as if much of it was an after-thought that was added to it.

But the epic development of the former Lauder&Howard antiques building has finally been completed and incorporates the Duke of George jazz and blues bar, so it is in part a good addition for the area.

In the meantime graffiti vandals have started to deface the Royal George again and it is still not known if Saracen Properties will go ahead with the development there after all, when they are only allowed to have a seven-storey building behind the former hotel.

Roel Loopers


Published 15 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.



Genrefonix is back in Fremante with another amazing show in February, after four sold-out Frankestone shows in the Roundhouse late last year.

Ghosts is back at Fremantle Prison on February 9 after sellout Fringe shows in 2018.

Join the outstanding actors and musicians in the atmospheric Fremantle Prison Theatre for a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes. All performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle’s architecture and its ghosts.

See some of WA’s most haunted buildings brought to life through emotive tunes, eerie sound effects and imaginative ghost portraits.

The original theatre screen used for prisoners will fire up once again, bringing history and imagination to life. Each ghost has a story, each building a unique ambiance. Share in the power and passion of the supernatural landscape of Fremantle. Spooky fun! Rockin’ tunes!

There are three shows on February 9, at 7pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm so don’t miss out!

Tickets can be booked on the Fringeworld website.

Roel Loopers


Published 14 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.



Morons continue to deface and vandalise Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head especially along the coastal path at Bathers Beach.

Graffiti has been sprayed on the Aboriginal Manjarree Trail signs and on the solar lights, which have again been vandalised with many small holes smashed into the panels.

I hear there are officers at the City of Fremantle who believe it is not appropriate to replace those small lights and to put taller solar lights in the area, as that would not be in keeping with the heritage significance, but I wonder how ugly, vandalised low lights suit the historic area any better.

This has been an ongoing problem for many years and Fremantle Council needs to address this. The path is very popular with tourists and locals so an unsightly appearance is not good enough!

Roel Loopers


Published 14 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


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I really like the lightness the London plane trees have brought to Fremantle’s Kings Square, and the old wooden benched underneath them fit in well.

New plants are being put in the area where the former Moreton Bay-Christmas- fig tree was, until the Civic Centre and playground are finished and a replacement fig tree will be planted there.

Builders Pindan have put signs on the fence of the new Civic Centre, so hopefully the contract with the City of Fremantle will soon be signed and construction can start asap.

Roel Loopers

Beach football comes to Freo

Published 14 Jan 2019 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Football West will bring a little bit of Brazil to Fremantle this weekend when they host a beach soccer tournament at Bathers Beach. The tournament will feature around 160 players in 20 teams across three competitions. The women’s and mixed teams will be playing from noon – 6pm on Saturday followed by the men’s competition […]


Published 13 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


What on earth is going on at the City of Fremantle’s Cultural Development Department? I just heard that the Manager Culture and the Arts Destry Puiashame has suddenly left after only six months in the job.

Piuashame came with high credentials from Melbourne and took over from Pete Stone, whose departure was also quite unexpected, and Festival Co-ordinator Alex Marshall also left. The Freo grapevine tells me other staff are also due to leave.

The Fremantle Festival, which will be for the first time during winter this year, is just five months away, the Fremantle Heritage Festival is in May/June and the Hidden Treasures winter music festival is in July, so who is stepping up at the City to organise all those events on short notice, and what are the issues that cause the departure of good staff members?

I hope City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn will be able to shed some light on this rather curious situation, especially since the CDD was also in charge of the yellow art debacle in High Street.

Roel Loopers

(14/1/2019) Beach football comes to Freo

Published 13 Jan 2019 by timw in News & Media.

Football West will bring a little bit of Brazil to Fremantle this weekend when they host a beach soccer tournament at Bathers Beach.

The tournament will feature around 160 players in 20 teams across three competitions.

The women’s and mixed teams will be playing from noon – 6pm on Saturday followed by the men’s competition on Sunday.

Football West Head of Member Services Alex Novatsis said beach football was an exciting game known for its outrageous skills and spectacular shots and saves.

3 days ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(14/1/2019) Beach football comes to Freo


Published 13 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


jan 201 beach football at bathers


Check out the first ever Beach Football at Freo’s Bathers Beach this coming weekend January 19 and 20!

It starts on Saturday with the women and mixed competition and on Sunday the blokes are kicking the round ball around.

It runs from 12 midday till 6pm on both days, so enjoy the outdoors and the Indian Ocean and have a meal in one of the many restaurants at the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers


Published 13 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


So what is the fuss about again about Australia Day? It was all over the news yesterday but there is very little new in what ScoMo and other politicians said, besides a new dress code for those who receive the citizenship certificate, which is soooooo un-Australian.

Already last year local councils were told by the Federal Government that citizenship ceremonies had to be held on January 26 and the City of Fremantle obliged, but also held the One Day event two days later on Sunday the 28th.

This year again we will have the very good One Day event on Sunday the 27th in Fremantle and the citizenship ceremony at Fremantle Oval on the 26th, and then we have the Australia Day Monday to do whatever we like.

And after we heard all the political stuff about how sacrosanct Australia Day supposedly is, it turned out that the ScoMo government only wants to introduce the changes in 2020, when they are most likely no longer in power. What a waste of time!

And just for the sake of the argument, why isn’t the Australian of the Year announcement on Australia Day, but the day before, and what actually is Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 for?

Personally I am looking forward to being at the citizenship ceremony in Freo because as a migrant myself I know how special and important that is, and I am very much looking forward to the Smoking Ceremony on Bathers Beach at 8am and the all day One Day event on the 28th. There is something for everyone. It is inclusive and it should not offend anyone to celebrate that way together!

Roel Loopers



Published 12 Jan 2019 by freoview in Freo's View.


The FREE Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard Sunday music  is on today from 2-4pm with Indie folk songwriter Jack Davies and his seven-piece band The Bush Cooks.

The afternoon will start with the Family Shoveller Band Trio who are came all the way from Bidyadanga in the Kimberley.

It is going to be a lovely mild afternoon, so take advantage of it and enjoy the lovely ambience of the FAC courtyard!

Cafe, bar and pizza bar will all be open to cater for your needs.

Roel Loopers

Big Victorian bias in media funding

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

WA a forgotten state for new innovation funds


THE federal government’s new ‘innovation’ fund to assist small news media has kicked off with a huge bias to Victoria and eastern states rural publishers while WA gets nothing.

This raises serious questions about the political management of the $60 million fund which sprang from the horse-trading between the Turnbull government and then senator Nick Xenophon for support in watering down Australia’s restrictive cross media ownership laws in 2017.

Of 186 applicants across Australia vying for a slice of the $16 million first round not one from WA
was successful including the Fremantle Herald and its stablemate the Perth Voice.

Massive shortfall

In addition, the federal communications minister, Victorian senator Mitch Fifield, oversaw the release of only $3.6 million with no explanation for the massive shortfall, no state by state breakdown of applicants nor the amount each successful bidder received from the behind-closed-doors selection process: Or why three publishers, Melbourne’s The Saturday Paper owned by a multi-millionaire property developer received three grants and two others two grants each.

But even more disturbing are the echoes back 25 years to the ‘Sports Rorts Affair’, when then federal Labor sports minister in the Keating government Ros Kelly lost her job for preferential funding of marginal Labor seats.

Fifield’s electorate

With the 2019 innovation fund, the real winner from the signature of Victorian senator Fifield is Victoria, his electorate, with 14 successful applicants of 25 approved, many of them Victorian country publishers. Other winners are the 16 Coalition-held federal seats in and beyond Victoria where 64 per cent of the successful applicants operate.

And this decision by the senator was made in the aftermath of the Victorian state elections where the Opposition Liberal party was smashed by voters, deepening worries about the fate of the Morrison Coalition government in the upcoming May federal elections.

The rest of the successful applicants were from NSW with just five approvals, Queensland with three, South Australia two and Tasmania one.

West Australia and the Northern Territory were the biggest losers with none.

The Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice were notified of the rejection on the Friday before Christmas with a two-line email which stated “Your application satisfied the eligibility criteria for funding… and progressed to the merit assessment stage. However your application… was not successful”. No reasons were given.

Internship programme

The independent, locally owned Herald and Voice had sought funding to train ‘citizen’ journalists for online publishing. This was to be an extension of its 29 year internship programme which has helped train scores of successful news journalists.

Apart from the Herald and Voice only the online media review site Mumbrella has reported so far on this controversial decision.

MP backs pill testing

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Last year’s Fremantle Falls festival. File photo.

FREMANTLE federal MP Josh Wilson has backed calls for pill testing at WA festivals to save lives.

Over the past four months there have been four suspected drug fatalities at music festivals across Australia.

Last week WA health minister Roger Cook said there are no plans to let festivalgoers test illicit pills before swallowing them, but Mr Wilson says the current approach is not “working well” and needs to change.

“While it’s a matter for state governments to determine, I support the trial of pill-testing and linked counselling services at festivals in addition to better public awareness campaigns about the risks involved in taking drugs,” Mr Wilson told the Herald.

“I note the AMA President, Dr [Tony] Bartone, has been clear in his organisation’s support of pill-testing trials.

“It’s my longstanding view that we need a principally health-focused approach to drug-related harm, and we should be prepared to pursue reform based on trials and evidence in order to save lives and reduce drug-related violence and other crime.

“No one can look at the current state of affairs and say it’s working well.

“We need an holistic approach that is health-driven but of course includes properly resourced and targeted policing to ensure community safety.”

Mr Wilson’s comments come in the wake of Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt voicing his support for pill testing in the lead up to last weekend’s Falls Festival in the city.

Fremantle council is in the midst of creating a new strategy to tackle crime, with ideas like pill testing, injecting rooms for addicts and dry-out centres being floated at a community forum with locals, WA Police and Fremantle state MP Simone McGurk.

Pill testing was trialled late last year at a festival in the ACT and NSW Labor are considering its use.

Over the new year in Perth, festivalgoers were allowed to put illicit items in drug bins without penalty at the Origin Fields festival at Langley Park in Perth.

The Chook asked Ms McGurk if she was in support of pill testing at festivals: she said the WA government’s position on the issue was clear.


Herald PC case closed

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

Press Council determination on the articles “Was That To Go” and “History In All It’s Glory” in the December 8, 2018 edition of the Fremantle Herald.

AS previously notified, we received a complaint concerning the above article.

The complainant expressed concerns that the front page article headlined “Was That to Go” is offensive because it contains the word “f*cking” three times and that children can easily come across it.

He has expressed that the publication should not “put in offensive quotes from a foul mouthed person”.

After careful consideration of the complainant’s concerns, the Executive Director has decided not to refer the complaint for further consideration.

In reaching this decision, we have taken into account that that the word “f*cking” is not prominent at first glance on the front page without reading the content of the article.

It does not appear in the headline of the article or by lines and subheadings. We do not consider the articles to be so substantially offensive that a likely breach of our Standards of Practice has occurred.

Accordingly, we consider that the requisite requirement of taking reasonable steps to avoid causing or contributing to substantial offence has been met and we regard the matter about which the complainant expressed concern is unlikely to be considered a significant breach of the Council’s Standards of Practice.

The complainant has been informed of the outcome and the complaint is now closed.

World double

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Crew celebrate a win at this year’s Dragon World Championships in Fremantle. Photo

TWO world sailing championships were held off the coast of Fremantle in recent weeks.

A boat from Turkey won the Dragon World Championships, after ten races over six days with 35 dragon boats plying the Indian Ocean.

In the final race on Wednesday (January 9), the “Provezza Dragon”, crewed by Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry, clinched first place.

Earlier in the week, American Mike Martin won the 505 World Championships on his craft “Mike’s Boat”.

The 505 event was hosted by Fremantle Sailing Club and 89 Australian and international crews competed.

Letters 12.1.19

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

Visitor appeal
I AM a regular working at Victoria Quay when the cruise ships visit and I make the following observation which I believe would help the experience of visitors to Fremantle.
There is a high percentage of older and infirm passengers on most cruise ships who are faced with a walk, or ride with a reluctant taxi driver, to reach the centre of the city or railway station.
Long term parking for passengers is only available at, or near, the E Shed, or when it is full, the Henderson Street car park.
In the sweltering summer cruise season or during the odd wet-weather visit, a regular shuttle would be advantageous and welcomed.
Currently, this is only provided on certain cruises.
I suggest an easily achieved and relatively inexpensive solution would be to divert the regular CAT bus service along Peter Hughes Drive when cruise ships are scheduled.
This would also service the E Shed markets and Maritime Museum.
Having spent so much on the Passenger Terminal upgrade, it seems a pity that the visitor experience is spoiled by the lack of transport planning.
Name and address supplied

Let us decide our Endgame
HEAR, hear to the letter from John Adderly, “In charge of my own endgame” (Herald, December 22, 2018)
I too am in my mid 70s and absolutely support his view that we “oldies” should be allowed to choose the means of our exit from life for whatever reason.
There comes a time in old age when continuing to live is not agreeable.
We should not have to justify our choice to die as we think fit.
Bring on voluntary euthanasia and make it law.
Why make oldies suffer unnecessary misery for the sake of mere religious or young-people-think supposed ideals. That is cruelty!
Give me the needle when I choose.
Alan Lamb
Ord Street, Fremantle

Jazz rebirth at the Duke

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

PERTH chanteuse Jessie Gordon will play at the opening of WA’s hottest new jazz and blues club, the Duke of George, in East Fremantle

The club is in the basement of the old, heritage-listed Brush Factory on Duke Street, which has been transformed into a dimly-lit jazz venue.

Accompanied by pianist/clarinetist Adrain Galanté, Gordon will delve into the dark corners of pop music from the 1930s and 40s.

“People think of jazz as staid, their grandparents’ music, something tame,” she says.

“But jazz was one of the first pop music forms. It dealt with the same issues of today – sex, drugs…and swing.”

Gordon says that pleasant, melodic songs from the era were laden with double-meaning and innuendo.

“Some of the blues are wildly filthy and hugely entertaining.”

Opening night

The jazz club is the brain child of WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate Renee Coyle: “I wanted to create a stage for incredible musicians, locally and beyond, to nurture their talent and provide an  exceptional space to share their souls with appreciative audiences.

“A place to eat, drink, dance and soak up the sounds and have a great time.”

Coyle worked with Grammy award-winning muso Lucky Oceans to curate a program of artists.

“Perth has a deep reservoir of great musicians and we’re hoping this new venue will spur them on to new, exciting creations and collaborations to share in this very friendly space,” he says.

The Duke will have a variety of sessions including after work blues/jazz on Thursdays, acoustic blues on Sunday afternoons with free entry for locals, and Saturday night dinner-dances.

Gordon will play with Dirty Jazz at the Duke of George on January 18-20.

The opening weekend also features local artists Rusty Pinto and the Blue Flames, Harry Mitchell and his jazz piano trio, and the Dave Brewer Blues Band.


These girls are a cut above

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• A family affair: Pia Passinisi and daughters Lucia, Vanessa and Rosaria who all learned the trade at her salon. Photo by Steve Grant.

PIA PASSINISI has seen a lot of change since opening her first hairdressing salon in Fremantle 50 years ago.

The rollers and perms have mostly made way for the blow-wave, the old fashion magazines don’t really cut it against the bonanza of information on the internet and she’s been and done franchising.

But through it all, Ms Passinisi says one thing has remained constant and kept her chairs busy as the port city’s fortunes have ebbed and flowed: “The passion for hair and people; we loved what we were doing.”

As a testament to that creed, she’s still got clients whose hair she was “tizzying” during her apprenticeship at the long-gone Marina Salon.

Perms and hair-ups

“Mostly then there was a lot of perms and hair-ups, and we’d style-up customers once a week.

“Those styles have not changed much for these people and they are still coming in.”

Ms Passini and her family emigrated from their home near Naples, Italy to Fremantle early in 1963, and before the year was out she had scored an apprenticeship with Marina.

“I didn’t speak any English, so I would just say ‘yeah, yeah’,” Ms Passini says, laughing at the memory.

She says it was an Aussie girl in the salon, rather than her former countryfolk, who helped her out by explaining what was being requested.

That and a lot of reading and she reckons within three years she was speaking the local lingo as fluently as she does today.

“As soon as I finished my apprenticeship in 1968 I opened a salon with a friend in the markets – but it was not a market back then.

“That was Nerina Cammarata, and then we moved from there to Wray Avenue, then from there to 53 High Street. Then we were in Johnson Court.”

As their clientele grew, so did the brood.

Ms Cammarata’s sister Nella joined the salon, then they all married and started having children; it was a shrewd recruitment technique, as between them they had seven daughters who all earned their stripes as apprentices in the salon.

By her side

The Cammaratas and their kids eventually decided to strike out on their own in Sydney, but Ms Passini’s daughters Lucia, Vanessa and Rosaria still work by her side.

She says in the early days they were kept busy by a procession of marriages.

“We used to start at 7am; I was pretty much a workaholic.”

After 10 years, another opportunity beckoned; they were approached by Albert Di Lallo, who was trailblazing the franchise movement in Western Australia and wanted them to join him in Salon Express.

“He was an amazing man; a great mentor for everyone,” Ms Passinisi says.

“He decided there was a lot of people who wanted a fast haircut, no appointment – in and out quick.

“It felt like a downgrade, and it took us two years to decide, but finally we did.”

Ms Passinisi said it transformed the salon, with a new wave of customers.

“It was such a joy to have people from all walks of life; people could walk in who didn’t have a lot of money, but come out and say ‘look at my hair, I look fantastic’.

“I find that really rewarding.”

But following Mr Di Lallo’s death she grew unhappy with the direction of the franchise and earlier this year opted out, renovating the salon and opening it as The Hair and Barber Room.

Blokey barber

It’s at 128 High Street – the shop that 50 years ago was Marina Salon.

Adding the blokey “barber” to the name is somewhat of an acknowledgement of the difficult trading conditions in Fremantle at the moment, as they need to bring in male customers as well.

But Ms Passinisi is hopeful the Kings Square development just across the road will help usher in a new era for the port city and bring back the boom.


Voice for change on domestic violence

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

EVERY week in Australia one woman dies from domestic violence, that’s 52 each year, compared to an average of three women killed by sharks every year.

“And somehow that doesn’t qualify as a tools-down national crisis, even though if a man got killed by a shark every week we’d probably arrange to have the ocean drained,” noted political commentator Annabel Crabb.

Ruah CEO Debra Zanella says the silence around domestic violence enables what should be a “national outcry” to go almost un-noticed.

“We are looking at institutional gender inequality. Often we don’t see it because it’s subtle.”

The community services provider is inviting women who have experienced domestic violence to take part in its free, three-day program, Voices for Change.

“Ruah will provide training to support and empower women who have experienced family and domestic violence to tell their individual story; helping to challenge the drivers of domestic violence within the community and promote respect and equality,” Ms Zanella says.

“We know how difficult it is for many women to speak about their experience, but we also know how powerful their stories are in motivating behaviour change.

“Ruah will sensitively deliver training to assist women in sharing their experiences, building courage and confidence in their ability to use the power of their stories to inform the community and add a new dimension to the conversation around domestic violence.”


One in three women in Australia have experienced domestic violence at some point, and one in four children are exposed to it.

The statistics are even worse for disabled women, and those from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

In 2018, 28 West Australians were killed in suspected domestic violence incidents.

Ruah has offices in Fremantle and Cockburn, and if you want to become a Voice for Change, email coordinator Marg Byrne at


Moominpappa at Sea (Competition Now Closed)

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

An exciting new show from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Moominpappa at Sea follows the plucky Moomin family as they begin an exciting new life on a rocky island far out to sea. Each family member embarks on an adventure, encountering the island’s mysterious inhabitants and discovering their own sense of place.

An atmospheric soundscape will transport you to the remote island world of the Moomintrolls, brought to life by director and solo performer, Michael Barlow.

Moominpappa at Sea plays from 14 January-2 February 2019 at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street Fremantle (opposite Fremantle Train Station). Suitable for ages 5 and above.

Don’t miss the special PJ Party performance on Friday 25 January at 6:30pm. Tickets are just $15when you book a group of four or more tothis session.

Get your jammies on and come join in the fun! Bookings Essential. Visit or telephone 9335 5044.

Enter the competition to win 1 of 2 in-season
family passes (4 people per pass).

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:  Comp closes 4pm  15.1.19 with winners announced 19.1.19.

Summer Reading: Poems

Published 11 Jan 2019 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.



There are some things I suffer in silence

though these are becoming more rare

since I learned to become quite assertive

and realised that people do care.

I’m loathe to make false accusations

but I’ve got some suspicions, alright,

is somebody stealing my cockroach

by stealth, in the dead of the night?

Snuggly wrapped in my great weekly paper

I was once quite assured that there’d be

a huge, handsome, fat, flying cockroach

lying in wait for me.

Is it theft, or a policy change now?

I’m writing this note to protest

‘cos I’m met with a great big fat nothing

when I search for my weekly pest.

I don’t mind you filling the paper

with news of events that abound

but there’s no joy like finding a cockroach

and stomping it into the ground.

The Seaside


The waves sing in dulcet tones to the shore

The sand plays a melody of luxury in the warmth of the sun

The wind plays an orchestral track worthy of kings and emperors to all who listen

The gulls circle overhead, discussing every crotchet and quaver they hear in squawks

The fish leap to better catch the symphony being played

I hear it all, eavesdropping in the summer heat

Fremantle Recycling Centre – An amusing quick guide video

Published 8 Jan 2019 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The Fremantle Recycling Centre just keeps getting better. You can drop off unwanted junk, including mattresses, appliances, batteries, clothing, gas bottles, e-waste and more!

(8/1/2019) Freo's streets to be alive with the sound of music

Published 7 Jan 2019 by timw in News & Media.

Fremantle’s streets will be alive with the sound of music this April when the Australian National Choral Association brings Choralfest 2019 to the port city.

Choralfest will bring together some of the world’s finest choirs and choral specialists, with over 70 performances in locations around Fremantle during the four-day event.

WA Chapter President of the Australian National Choral Association Nicholas Bannan said Choralfest was a great way to bring choral music to the masses.

1 week ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(8/1/2019) Freo's streets to be alive with the sound of music

(7/1/2019) Fremantle welcomes completion of passenger terminal upgrade

Published 7 Jan 2019 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle has welcomed the completion of the state government’s refurbishment of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal.

The $3.25 million project included a re-painted façade, a new steel and glass canopy at the entrance and improvements to the interior of the building.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the refurbishment of the heritage-listed passenger terminal was a welcome first step in the redevelopment of Victoria Quay.

1 week ago in Media release , Business & development
(7/1/2019) Fremantle welcomes completion of passenger terminal upgrade

New High Street Art Installation- Inner City Beach Created

Published 6 Jan 2019 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

New Public Art Installation?

Felice Varini has long since departed Fremantle with the $150,000 he was paid to stick yellow aluminium foil over High Street heritage buildings. Many people enjoyed the clever optical illusion, but it was only supposed to be a short term temporary art work, for 3 months.

Over a year later our premier street is a mess, and the clean up bill of over $115,000, which could have funded a dozen heritage projects in the street, will instead go to a clean up.

The clean up is being done by a building contractor who is sand blasting his way up High Street, creating another mess as he goes. The sand (pictured above) from the sand blasting has not been cleaned up. This week council will no doubt announce another art project – the installation of an inner city beach along High Street, to save people from risking their safety transiting Arthur Head to get to Bathers Beach, a headland now at risk of collapses, and covered in scaffolding due to a lack of maintenance by council at that A class reserve.

On the first day of this year the West Australian’s advertorial writer for developers Kent Acott wrote a full page piece on High Street, named by Mayor Pettitt as “WA’s most historically rich street.” The reason given for this laudable assertion was that “it was only made possible through the demolition of dozens of buildings.” This is code for “The Fremantle you love will change rapidly as developers are allowed to build whatever they like.”

Anyway, enjoy the inner city beach.

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(4/1/2019) Freo hosts two sailing World Championships

Published 3 Jan 2019 by timw in News & Media.

The 2019 World International Dragon Championships kicked off today in the waters off Fremantle.

Hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in partnership with the Fremantle Sailing Club, the championships will see 34 crews from countries around the world - including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Japan -  battling it out over the next six days.

Alongside the Dragon World Championships the Fremantle Sailing Club has also been hosting the 505 World Championships, with 89 Australian and international crews.

1 week ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(4/1/2019) Freo hosts two sailing World Championships

Freo hosts two sailing World Championships

Published 3 Jan 2019 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

  The 2019 World International Dragon Championships kicked off today in the waters off Fremantle. Hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in partnership with the Fremantle Sailing Club, the championships will see 34 crews from countries around the world – including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Japan –  battling it […]

(2/1/2019) Fremantle Oval car park closure and admin access

Published 2 Jan 2019 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Fremantle Oval car park closure and access

The Fremantle Oval car park (CP10) is currently closed to the public for the Falls Festival. The car park will reopen on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Cappuccino car park temporary closure and access

The nearest car park for access to the City of Fremantle admin building and Fremantle Library is the Cappuccino Strip car park (CP61) located on South Terrace.

2 weeks ago in Community
(2/1/2019) Fremantle Oval car park closure and admin access

Is High Street in Fremantle WA’s most historically rich street?

Published 1 Jan 2019 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The West Australian yesterday (Tuesday, 1 January 2019) ran a great piece on Freo by Kent Acott A nice way to start the year in Freo: Is High Street in Fremantle WA’s most historically rich street? You could mount a fairly strong argument that Fremantle’s High Street is the most historically important street in WA. […]

Happy New Year and a Fun Freo Photo Competition

Published 1 Jan 2019 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Happy 2019. Given the start of the year is refreshingly quiet I thought another little fun Freo photo competition with some snaps I took throughout 2018 was in order. The first person to write and tell me where in Fremantle each of the following 15 photos was taken from – not what they were taken of – gets […]

Waste and Recycling in Freo over the Christmas Break

Published 23 Dec 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

I have had a few questions about Christmas waste and recycling in Fremantle. Monday (today’s) waste collection will remain the same. Tuesday to Thursday collections will be collected one day later over the Christmas/new year fortnight (i.e. bins normally collected on a Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday etc). The Montreal Street recycling centre will […]

(21/12/2018) Go into the running to win a $50 FAC voucher!

Published 20 Dec 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

We need your help reviewing our current website! To help us better understand how residents, visitors and business owners use our website, we’re looking for volunteers to participate in a series of online testing activities.

It’s super-easy and you’ll go into the draw to win one of three $50 vouchers to spend as you wish at Fremantle Arts Centre*.

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(21/12/2018) Go into the running to win a $50 FAC voucher!

God at One End Looking at the Devil at the Other

Published 19 Dec 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

Your High Street

In the 1800s the Anglicans had a church plumb in the middle of their King’s Square facing down High Street to the Round House Jail at the other end. God looking at the devil.

That church was demolished to make way for the current St John’s Church and to allow the Fremantle Town Hall to be built. High Street was extended through the Square and, at the other end, the Round House stopped functioning as a jail and became a tourist attraction. God no longer was keeping an eye on the devil.

Pity, because High Street at the moment needs a lot of help. At the King’s Square end, the “Green” council has just flattened a solid 50 year old building in order to spend $50 million it doesn’t have building a new one no-one in the community asked for. Rumour has it that because council has never paid their peppercorn rent in King’s Square to the church, that is why the church is seeking Victoria Hall for just $1.

At the other end of High Street, after wasting years trying to turn Arthur Head, where the Round House sits, into an alcohol venue, council is now faced with serious issues about the current state of the area due to a lack of maintenance. The scaffolding there gives some indication of just how much work, time and money is going to be needed to get Arthur Head back into good condition.

Meanwhile High Street itself is suffering jaundice from the yellow lines of Felice Varini. Whatever fun and joy was generated by spending $150,000 putting  yellow lines over the buildings in High Street, the resultant mess that is still to be cleaned up is not good for trade, tourists, or heritage. The cleanup will be done by one painting company working its way slowly down High Street, one building at at time.

Council has allocated $115,000 to clean up private buildings, but that amount will increase if any owner is unsatisfied with the standard of repairs and demands more. The amount will increase if owners succeed in legal action. One owner is taking the council to court, as a trial. Offered $6,000 by council to remove the yellow lines, the owner’s view is that a simple patch and repair will not work, and that the whole building needs repainting, at a cost of over $40,000. Ratepayers will wear the cost of the court case, and any decision against council.

Out of this catastrophic immaturity in civic affairs down the length of High Street between King’s Square and the Round House, some good could possibly come – if council held off the building of a new administration centre, and if High Street got some serious restoration and not just patchwork as a result of the  yellow line debacle. Look at 7 High Street pictured above. Underneath the plastic paint sits a dramatic tuck pointed building. If all the paint was removed from the building, it would never have to be painted again, and the result would be a sharp, original and dynamic gem on a prominent intersection, not just another heritage building covered in plastic paint.

This is the time for council to go beyond the bare minimum, and seek to have good heritage outcomes where possible down High Street in partnership with the owners. The aim should be to get the best possible result with each building affected by the yellow lines, and to have our premier street looking as good as possible, and significantly better than it was before the fiasco.

But, better results in Kings Square, High Street and at Arthur Head will not come unless ratepayers ask for them. It is Christmas after all. Santa’s email is busy, but the mayor and councillors can be reached at:

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(19/12/18) Montaigne headlines One Day in Freo

Published 19 Dec 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Montaigne will be the headline act at January’s One Day in Fremantle event.

The 23-year-old won an ARIA award in 2016 for best breakthrough artist following the success of her debut album Glorious Heights, which featured the singles 'Because I Love You' and 'In the Dark'.

The Triple J favourite also featured on the Hilltop Hoods hit '1955'.

She recently released a new single 'For Your Love' and will be returning to Fremantle in April next year as part of a national tour.

4 weeks ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(19/12/18) Montaigne headlines One Day in Freo

(18/12/2018) Council responds to parking issues at South Beach and Marine Terrace

Published 17 Dec 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The Fremantle Council has responded to the concerns of beachgoers, residents and local businesses by introducing parking restrictions at South Beach and along Marine Terrace and Mews Road.

There are currently more than 600 free and unrestricted parking bays at South Beach, Marine Terrace and Mews Road.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City had received many complaints that all-day parking by commuters and university students was making life difficult for beachgoers, residents and businesses.

1 month ago in Media release , Council
(18/12/2018) Council responds to parking issues at South Beach and Marine Terrace

Old council building off to the recycling yard

Published 17 Dec 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The demolition of the City of Fremantle’s old administration building in Kings Square is now complete, with 95 per cent of the building’s materials recovered for recycling. A total of 6443 tonnes of material was removed from the site, including 5841 tonnes of bricks and concrete, 294 tonnes of steel and 83 tonnes of general […]

10 Best Books of 2018

Published 17 Dec 2018 by Tom Wilson in thomas m wilson.

The end of the year approaches and I look back at the world of new books….     Each year about this time the newspaper and the commentariat is full of lists of ‘Best Books of 2018’.  I usually have very little overlap with the choices of the journalists and commentators who make these lists […]

Want to use locally produced renewable energy with your own solar PV?

Published 14 Dec 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The RENeW Nexus project is looking for residents who do NOT have their own renewable energy or alternative water systems to be part of the ground breaking renewable energy trading program. This project will assess, in the City of Fremantle, how cities of the future can use combined data and blockchain technology to integrate distributed […]

Last “From the council chambers” for 2018

Published 14 Dec 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Fremantle welcomes Westport Taskforce progress report

Published 12 Dec 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It was good to see the release of the Westport Taskforce’s first progress report yesterday. The taskforce was established by the state government last year to provide guidance on the planning, development and growth of the inner harbour at Fremantle, the future outer harbour at Kwinana and opportunities to expand the Port of Bunbury. I […]

CRC WSC Josh’s House Case Study

Published 12 Dec 2018 by Joshs House in Josh's House.

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Buddhism in the Forests of Sri Lanka

Published 9 Dec 2018 by Tom Wilson in thomas m wilson.

A few days ago I was standing at the feet of this Buddha statue, carved from a stone mountain around 300 AD.  I looked up at the quiet and serene face of the mountain in the midst of the forest and the midst of the countryside.  Only elephants, birds, insects and the odd monk for […]

Remembering JJ Wade

Published 3 Dec 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Remembering JJ Wade

Mr Wilson (4:41pm) — I take this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to John James Joseph Wade, known understandably as JJ, who died on 7 October, just shy of his 101st birthday. JJ Wade was one of the last surviving members of the legendary Rats of Tobruk, and he also fought at El Alamein in Egypt as part of Australia's 2/28th Battalion of the 9th Division. He was wounded, spent time in a military hospital and was then retrained in jungle warfare in order to fight the Japanese in New Guinea.

After the war, JJ returned to the family farm at Yarloop, before shifting out of dairy and into wheat and sheep. He eventually retired in to Wattleup in the Fremantle electorate.


In recent years, JJ Wade has been something of a talisman at local Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.

I first met and spoke with him at Cockburn RSL's Remembrance Day service back in 2016, and last year I paid him a visit at home to mark his 100th birthday. Even then, he was an easygoing, youthful and talkative bloke with a brilliant grin.

Fundamentally an optimist, he was quoted in the newspaper as saying:

Always look for the bright side if you can find one, it's no good looking on the crook side, it gets you nowhere.

He made no bones about saying that war was essentially futile in all its violence, damage and waste. But, of course, he greatly valued the opportunity to remember and honour his mates and all those who served.

JJ Wade was a lovely bloke. We remember and honour his life and service. As the member for Fremantle, I express my condolences to his family and his friends.

Why are there delays in pension payment applications?

Published 29 Nov 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

There's no good reason we can't expect that pension applications in this country get processed quickly. We should expect that technological change makes processing easier and faster, not slower, more dehumanised, more painful and more frustrating, but that is exactly what has happened since the very dawn of this government.

Mr Wilson (4:04pm) — When it comes to the federal government and the Commonwealth, it's hard to think of a more important service responsibility than providing income support through pensions for older Australians and people with a disability. It's in the nature of income support that, when people need it, those people need it badly and they need it quickly. If you can't get that support, you go without. If you can't get that support, you're put under severe pressure. There is no good reason for older Australians and Australians with disability to be prevented from accessing income support. We've heard people in this debate today talk around it. They talked about other aspects of policies that may or may not affect older Australians, but they haven't addressed the point of this matter of public importance: why are these intolerable delays occurring? Why are they getting worse?

There's no good reason we can't expect that pension applications in this country get processed quickly. We should expect that technological change makes processing easier and faster, not slower, more dehumanised, more painful and more frustrating, but that is exactly what has happened since the very dawn of this government. What is happening is that people who need income support and who are eligible for it are waiting longer and longer. They are waiting for months and months. It's not because, as the assistant minister suggested, there's some question or some evidence about peoples' eligibility; they are waiting months and months because of a basic service delivery failure of this government.

Those delays began with the very beginning of this government, and they were entirely predictable. All of us in this place hear from people experiencing what are extraordinary Kafkaesque delays. You would have seen, through constituent statements and adjournment debates over the last several years, members on this side getting up and telling those stories, and silence from the other side. Their officers are hearing it too, but they're not speaking up on behalf of those people facing those kinds of intolerable delays. In the last financial year alone, the average processing time for the age pension went from 36 to 49 days. There are 5,000 claims sitting with the department that have been waiting for more than 70 days. Last year, 48 million calls—almost two phone calls for every living and breathing Australian—to Centrelink went unanswered, and millions of people abandoned calls out of sheer frustration and, I'm sure, on occasion, sheer exhaustion.

Earlier this year in March, I was contacted by a resident in North Fremantle. She was still awaiting the resolution of her age pension claim that was lodged last July. It was lodged in July 2017. This person was diagnosed with cancer in the middle of last year. At age 67, after working in Fremantle hospitals for more than 30 years, she decided it was time to step back from her demanding role in a cardiac care unit and look after herself. She waited nine months to have her pension application processed. This is a stark, bizarre and unacceptable failure of basic service delivery.

But there's no great mystery as to how the failure occurred. Under this government, it was entirely predictable, deliberate and self-inflicted. The recipe for this astonishing failure was pretty obvious: you cut the Public Service, you cut staffing levels, you freeze wages, you remove workplace flexibility, you outsource services and you undermine skills, morale and corporate knowledge within Centrelink and—hey, presto!—you wreck it. You wreck our social compact. You wreck the age pension system in this country.

It does make me think of a Mike Myers film—I can't remember exactly what it was called; he was some sort of self-help guru. He had a self-help book called Does it hurt when you do that? Don't do that. You would think that that's some advice that this government could take. Instead, vulnerable people in our communities around this country are waiting for months. They're facing the insecurity and the stress of going without income support. Instead of bearing down on the problem and fixing it—instead of doing something about it—this government's focus is on cutting public sector jobs, squeezing and demoralising the public sector workforce and privatising and outsourcing anything and everything that moves.

They've always been obsessed with small government. They're taking that to bizarre levels this week: the government is getting smaller with each passing day. Instead of looking after the people who need support, this lot are always on the lookout for enemies. Their enemies are the public sector, the public broadcaster, the Community and Public Sector Union and just about anyone who needs help in this country, especially disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians. We on this side of the House take a different approach.

We're going to restaff Centrelink, maintain the energy supplement for seniors in this country and restore funding to the public broadcasters. We've got a completely different agenda. I think Australia and Australians are looking forward to seeing a change in this place after five years of hopelessness from that lot over there.

The Great Ecuadorian Mystery

Published 28 Nov 2018 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.

High in the Andean foothills on the foundations of an ancient Incan city lies a mystery. The Ecuadorian city of Quito, the second-highest capital in the world, is home to many ornate churches such as the Compañía de Jesús (arguably the country’s most beautiful) and the Cathedral of Quito. It was in this cathedral on Good Friday of 1877 that the Bishop was poisoned by strychnine mixed into the consecrated wine.

Quito is also the city with the most streams of Kiss List songs on Apple Music. Why is it so? Has the leaky hacker holed up in the nation’s London embassy peaked its citizen’s interest in Aussies? Has the fresh mountain air and lack of oxygen precipitated a taste for obscure indie folk pop? Answers on a postcard.


Treaties Report: Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Published 27 Nov 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Mr Wilson (12:23pm) — I'm very pleased to make some remarks on the report on the second inquiry of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties into the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, or PAFTA. I say at the outset that Australian Labor have long supported fair and free trade.

From the time of the Hawke-Keating government we've looked to participate openly in the global market on the basis that fair and free trade is in our national interest, economically, socially and geopolitically, and because it is supportive of developing nations in our region.

At the same time there are costs and impacts associated with trade agreements, and they can be analysed and negotiated with more or less rigour and quality. For that reason Labor has been clear in insisting upon the best process and the right substantial outcomes from the consideration and settlement of trade and investment agreements. It is important to note that PAFTA was negotiated on a track that ran in parallel to the process that considered the Trans-Pacific Partnership. When the government recognised the possibility that the TPP might fall over with the withdrawal of the US, and considering the fact that a key argument of the CPTPP was the consistency of arrangements delivered by plurilateral agreements within our region and the corresponding benefit of reducing the noodle bowl effect of multiple overlapping bilateral trade agreements, it is legitimate to ask why PAFTA continued to be negotiated once the CPTPP was back afoot. It's not entirely clear that some of the tariff and market access benefits in PAFTA could not have been incorporated through mechanisms that exist in the CPTPP.

At the public hearing for the second inquiry into PAFTA the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on that point expressed concern that the added complexity of having potentially three or four trade agreements between Australia and Peru could lead to perverse outcomes and that such arrangements should be rationalised and harmonised. That is a matter of common sense. The noodle bowl effect refers to the circumstances where you get a whole series of bilateral agreements between countries within a region or more broadly and it becomes very difficult to understand how all of these agreements work with one another. It certainly becomes difficult for companies that are seeking to export. That's why there is a move towards or an argument for plurilateral agreements. That was something the government put forward as a driver for our participation in the CPTPP.

One of the reasons we had the second inquiry into PAFTA was to further interrogate that issue: how is it that, while going into the CPTPP, which includes Peru, we were at the same time negotiating PAFTA? As it stands, that means there will be four agreements: a bilateral investment treaty, a bilateral agreement here in PAFTA and two regional agreements, the CPTPP and, in prospect, the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement. Labor committee members are disappointed that the government continues to negotiate trade agreements like PAFTA through a process that has some pretty obvious shortcomings—namely, the inadequacy of stakeholder engagement in the negotiation phase. The negotiations occur behind closed doors at the government-to-government level to the extent that affected stakeholders, whether they are exporting companies or sectors or civil society, are not brought in or given the opportunity to participate in that negotiation phase either at all or on a consistent and even basis, notwithstanding the fact that that occurs in other jurisdictions, including the United States. That's one of the clear shortcomings in the current approach.

The second very significant shortcoming is the absence of independent economic analysis or modelling of trade agreements. We have seen in the past that, in the absence of that modelling, predictions are made about the benefits and impacts of trade agreements, and in many cases those benefits are not delivered or there are impacts or other secondary consequences that are not anticipated. I think the average person would expect that, if we're going to enter into a trade agreement, someone outside of the negotiating party, someone outside the department of trade, would undertake some analysis that would give us a clear sense of what can be expected from a trade agreement and then, on that basis, the ability to track over time what in fact occurs so that we can refine our ability to predict the benefits and other consequences of trade agreements.

In the course of this, the 45th parliament, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, in recognition of the shortcoming when it comes to independent modelling, has recommended on several occasions that the Australian government introduce the practice of commissioning such analysis or modelling and providing it to JSCOT, if not making it available more widely. I have to say, with some disappointment, that, on this occasion in relation to PAFTA, the committee has departed from what has been its consistent approach in the course of the 45th Parliament and has chosen not to make that recommendation. I don't really know why. It's worth noting that Labor has committed to legislating a requirement for an independent national interest assessment to be conducted in future on every new trade agreement to examine the economic, strategic and social impacts before it is signed. That's an improvement to our process that would occur if a future Labor government were elected.

We know that the CPTPP, the plurilateral agreement that covers our region and also covers Peru, will undermine Australia's temporary foreign labour visa system as it currently stands, because we negotiated it on the basis that labour market testing would not apply for contractual service suppliers in relation to six of the signatory countries. One of those was Peru. Again, on that question of consistency and multiple overlapping arrangements, what is interesting is that, with PAFTA, the government has included the requirement that labour market testing occur in relation to contractual service providers, but—and this goes to the heart of that issue of inconsistency—evidence to the JSCOT inquiry on the PAFTA was that Peruvian contractual service providers would be able to choose the more permissive option that's provided to Peruvian companies under the CPTPP.

So the Australian government and the Peruvian government have negotiated two trade agreements within roughly the same period. In one trade agreement, we have signed away what would ordinarily apply, which is labour market testing for temporary foreign labour—a perfectly sensible thing that allows us to have access to temporary foreign labour when it's required but makes sure first that Australian workers are not available for those jobs. We've signed that away under the CPTPP. Yet, when we negotiate PAFTA with the same government, we again require that labour market testing occur. But, because you've got these two provisions and because of the way that international trade law works, Peruvian companies can essentially choose which one they like, and I think it would come as no surprise that they are more than likely going to choose the one that doesn't require any labour market testing. It begs the question: why would the Australian government, in negotiating the CPTPP, make these lopsided labour market concessions? They're not concessions that were uniform across signatories to the CPTPP. We made those concessions unilaterally to six signatory countries. Why would we think that that's a good idea under the CPTPP but not under PAFTA? It's hard to understand. On that basis, obviously the labour market testing in PAFTA is meaningless; it's a hollow gesture. It really does beg the question as to what the government is thinking on that particular issue.

It is particularly concerning that the proposed PAFTA includes an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism—again, not least because it is different to the ISDS mechanism in the CPTPP. Yet again, we're giving foreign companies the opportunity to sue the Australian government in relation to laws that we in this place choose to make, if they feel that they have been hard done by. When they might otherwise have access to our judicial system, we're giving them the opportunity to go off to a questionable international tribunal and take the Australian government to court. Not only are we doing that, we're giving them two different, inconsistent mechanisms through which they can take that action. We say that no good explanation has been given as to why two such mechanisms should co-exist. Indeed, we say there is no good reason why ISDS mechanisms should exist at all.

In conclusion, there are some beneficial tariff reductions and some market improvements in the PAFTA—a treaty with a country with which we don't do very much trade—but it's disappointing that the negotiation occurred through a suboptimal process and included harmful labour market testing and ISDS provisions.

Action on climate change

Published 27 Nov 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Carbon emissions have risen under this government; they are rising every year. Investment in renewable energy has fallen off a cliff, and we have suffered through five years of inaction. There is no area of policy failure that has been more bleak and more hopeless in the course of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government than the failure to put in place as a matter of urgency a responsible and effective forward-looking climate change and energy framework.

Mr Wilson (4:13pm) — The people I represent want to see action on climate change. They know that rising carbon emissions have affected our climate and that our planet has already warmed significantly as a result of human activity. They know it's vital that we keep global temperatures well below two degrees, so they expect government to take appropriate action. People in my electorate don't buy the nonsense in the government's claim that more coal equals cheaper and more reliable power, they've no truck with those who make the ridiculous claim that more renewable energy means higher costs, and they're sick to death of the dangerous lie that climate change isn't real and that Australia should take no part in confronting its causes and its effects. In fact, they understand very well both the science and the economics. They understand that sound energy policy and action to address climate change go hand in hand.

The recent IPCC report—which, sadly, this government and its minister pretended was of no particular consequence or authority—made our circumstances and the challenge before us perfectly clear:

Climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.

We must respond to this threat, but we're not doing that at the moment. Carbon emissions have risen under this government; they are rising every year. Investment in renewable energy has fallen off a cliff, and we have suffered through five years of inaction. There is no area of policy failure that has been more bleak and more hopeless in the course of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government than the failure to put in place as a matter of urgency a responsible and effective forward-looking climate change and energy framework.

I'm fortunate to be the representative of an engaged and indeed often activist community. In the last few months alone, in addition to the hundreds of emails and telephone calls I've received on this issue, I've met with local representatives from the Australian Conservation Foundation, young people from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Conservation Council of Western Australia and various business whose are pushing ahead with new technologies in renewable energy, energy efficiency, batteries, electric vehicles and zero-emission hydrogen projects. All those things must be part of our future. That's why Labor is committed to achieving 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, to supporting the serious expansion of household battery capacity and to providing $10 billion in additional funding for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

In Fremantle we recognise the need to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and dramatically increase renewable energy, but I don't think the community I represent is significantly different from communities right around this country, a continent that is at risk of suffering disproportionate environmental, social and economic harm from a drying and warming climate and a spike in extreme weather events, storms, droughts and bushfires. Like the good people of Fremantle, Australians want action on climate change. I'm determined to work with my colleagues within this parliament to deliver that action.