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“I am, you are, we are Australians” are the words Peter FitzSimons, National Chair of the National Committee of the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) opened his address to the National Press Club with in August.   

I attended a gathering of Republicans and likely some who were just curious to learn more, in Adelaide last week.  FitzSimons, the guest speaker, recited those same words and captivated the audience with his grass-roots approach to the important matter of Australia becoming a Republic. 

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Preface:  At the introduction of my blog site I openly invite readers to join me in the conversations and to comment on my thoughts and opinion pieces.  One reader has taken the challenge and shared his viewpoint.  Here I share the third in a series of blogs by Justin Baxter.  You too may join in the conversation. 

About Justin Baxter:  Justin was born in the mid north of South Australia and moved to the city at a young age.  A member of the local Country Fire Service Brigade and a fulltime Emergency Services Officer in the Gas and Oil industry, Justin has a keen sense of community. Justin understands the worth of community participation.  Justin believes that when we live in the “lucky country” and can exercise our democratic right to vote, without fear and without violence, it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to actively participate in the process and not just think about who we vote in once every 4 years. 

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Conversing about current affairs, the looming Federal budget and what appears to be an integrity issue with some of our pollies, a friend asked me why I wanted to continue in my efforts to run for political office.  How could I be bothered, they asked? 

My response was spontaneous.  I said that I believed that politics needed an injection, a booster shot, of reliability and optimism and that I believed I could be one of many (Independents) to administer the dose!

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