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Background: 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 full time Emergency Services Officer in the Gas and Oil industry, Justin has a unique insight into the Emergency Services in this State and here he shares his views on the increase of the Emergency Services Levy (ESL).  J

Justin holds an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management).

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I, for one, know intimately what it is like to fail in a contest which meant the absolute world to me.  The pain of a failed democratic contest is like no physical pain known, it gnaws at your gut, your soul, your heat and your values.  It eats your very being.  

I have found though, that as the sensation of defeat eases, and it does, it is replaced with an immortal inner strength which welds itself to your frame and reinforces it with fortified traits of integrity and resilience.  The sensation of conquest is eventually replaced with a sense of calm.

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My sister was recently introduced to junior hockey in an initiation of fire, or rather that should be sleet and gale force winds!   She willingly accepted the challenge of being actively involved as a caregiver and supporter during the week long SAPSASA hockey program on the SA Primary School Sports calendar.  The carnival was held in metropolitan Adelaide. 

I am so blessed to have a sister who was willing and able to perform the highly important and vital role of “hockey mum.”  Corinna capably stepped-up during the days my work prevented me being on the sidelines.  

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Now, I am pretty certain that heading grabbed your attention, so before I go on, allow me to put on the record that I have never smoked a joint or taken any form cannabis, except to say that I use soothing Hemp hand protector produced by The Body Shop™ to repair dry skin.  Hemp, in this context, is the cousin to marijuana, both of the cannabis family.

About my preferences

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Fact: Without our environment there will be no economy.   

Question: Without small business would our communities exist? 

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Last Monday night I had the privilege of attending the SA Leaders debate in the run up to the March 15 poll.  It was hosted by the ABC. Moderator, Chris Uhlmann, remarked before the show went to air that we are so very lucky in our country. He said, things can get heated during our election campaigns but ‘nobody dies!’ 

He is right.  Globally, so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice in their pursuit of the right to vote and to live in a democratic society.  We have that right and privilege and yet we are often apathetic and complain about the most insignificant things.  

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A Local Perspective 

We need bees more than bees need us.   

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 Our senses - What will come to yours? 

Like many Australians, I have been browsing images of the bushfires which erupted across our nation during an unprecedented heatwave this week.   

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As I wait, tolerantly, in a queue at my local independent grocery store, I observe. 

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On Election Day this year there will be 73 individual names BELOW the line on the South Australian Senate Ballot paper and ABOVE the line 33 Parties & Groups numbered from A to Z and then AA through to AH.  

 

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Recently I have been reading a book about people who has shown great political courage. Early on it discussed the types of people who go into politics. Some people do it to attain power. Some do it because they see it as an easy well paid position and they have the ability to receive party pre-selection due to money or business connections.

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In speaking with business people throughout my travels in recent months, I am becoming increasingly alarmed at tales of a familiar practice permeating many retail outlets.

That is, the practice of consumers conducting ‘reconnaissance missions’ on items before making a purchase.  Whether it be for a pair of sporting shoes or a bra, it seems consumers aren’t afraid to admit that they are just ‘trying on’ an item so that they can make a purchase on line.   

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Many different approaches to eradiating poverty have been attempted in our country, however approaches which focus only on economic growth have proved to be unsustainable.

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How many of you reading this blog are volunteers?

 

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If you look closely, it’s as plain as the nose on your face; politicians of every persuasion are concentrating their efforts on marginalised constituents in marginal seats.

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As we travel around this wonderful State and speak with and listen to South Australians, we will reflect on those conversations and write via this Blog Page.

 

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