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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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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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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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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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