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My name is Michael Glover, I am 33 years old, and I live in Farmborough Heights with my young family. My wife Roisin and I have been married 12 years and we have three children, Matthew (6), Elizabeth (Libby) (4) and Patrick (1). 

Roisin and I were married whilst at university in 2010. After graduating in 2012, myself as a chiropractor and Roisin as a speech pathologist, we moved to Kanahooka after Roisin began work at Port Kembla hospital. Shortly after, I too began work, renting a room in a medical centre for my chiropractic practice and working part time as an associate chiropractor in Sydney.  I later moved into the aged care sector. I have worked in the sector for the last six years and currently manage a combined allied heath team and enjoy this thoroughly. 

Until recently I had no great interest in politics. I despise both public speaking and career politicians. However I began to look quite negatively on the current duopoly and how similar the major two parties are in terms of general policies and government control. There appears to be some form of control over most aspects of people’s daily lives, from how businesses and schools are run, farming and agriculture and what people are permitted to do as hobbies or pastimes and even what people can say. I felt very drawn to the Liberal Democrats principles, and have been a member of the comparatively small party for the last six or so years. I passionately support the idea that a person should be able to go about their life with as little interference from the government as possible and that a person should be free to engage in whatever activity they so choose, if it brings no harm to another. 

I do not consider myself a politician, and have never run for public office before. I am a real person with a real job and a real family, and I work hard to provide for this family. In my opinion this is what Australian politics needs more of. The current system of career politicians who are elected for their personality and public speaking ability rather than their principles and policies is too far from the ancient roots of democracy, where the people were represented by their peers, their equals.

In the last couple of years we have seen a change in our country. Hardworking Australians have been overlooked by the two major parties who control our nation. Their duopoly leads to the illusion of choice, when often there isn't one.

As I am sure many of you have experienced, I have found the loss of our rights and freedoms due to government overreach tough. I want the old normal back. Friends who have never been political in their lives are telling me they want to vote for a party who represents them and their values, when the current two parties so often agree with themselves, rather than us, the people.  

The Liberal Democrats will always put the freedom of Australians first. We are a minor party, but not a small party, and will continue to fight for peace and prosperity, individual freedoms and personal responsibility as we have done for over twenty years. I urge you to join me in restoring Australian freedom and striving for a smaller, more transparent government with lower taxes and less red tape.

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