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Support for Disabled and Older Workers – Report!

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Here is a quick and very easy to read summary of a current report into Disability and Older Workers in the workplace, from the Human Rights Commission.

Most importantly it includes recommendations at to what each stakeholder, including government and employers, can do to improve the employment situation for the Disabled and Older Workers.

This is an area very close to my heart and one which I wholeheartedly support.

If this interests you, please take the time to read this excellent summary of what is wrong with the employment system for these and other groups.

Michael

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/2016_Willing%20to%20Work%20Report%20easy%20read%20summary.pdf

Supporting local Aboriginal Artist

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My Shelley and I attended an Art exhibition by Phillip Collins, a wonderful Aboriginal Artist, at Kingscliff, Northern NSW.

He also just happens to be one of my Business students.

A very nice, humble and extremely talented man.

www.mkaff.net

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My comments on the additional NEIS places for youth unemployed

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Below is an article from the on-line Small Business site Smart Company. The second half shows my comments, following an interview regarding the Minister's announcement

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Government adds 2300 new places to New Enterprise Incentive Scheme to support young entrepreneurs

Michael McCormack

The federal government has made an additional 2300 places available to new business owners under its New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

In the 2016 budget the federal government pledged to invest more in the scheme and said at the time that an expanded NEIS program would come into effect from December 2016. The aim was to bring the total number of places available in the scheme to 8600 — something that Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says the government achieved last week.

The NEIS offers support and training for new small business owners and young people who “want to be their own boss”.

Support offered through the program includes mentoring, accredited training, and even income support where eligible.

The scheme is intended to make it easier for young job seekers to pursue a life as a small business owner, with a number of “Being Your Own Boss” workshops running each year as a part of the NEIS.

Last May, the government said the planned expansion of the NEIS would cost $89 million over four years, and Minister McCormack said in a statement last week the changes will offer “practical” assistance for entrepreneurial jobseekers.

“This announcement will help those who want to have a go with practical skills they can use in small business and long-term assistance to see their dreams become a reality,” McCormack said.

“As I travel across Australia meeting small businesspeople inside their operations, I have met a number of young people who have the energy and determination to make a success of their small business.”

“These are the people who create the jobs and opportunities for Australians which our communities and our economy needs.”

NEIS a good start, but better financing options needed

Michael Kaff, a former small business owner who ran as an independent Senate candidate for the Gold Coast at the 2016 election, told SmartCompany he supports the NEIS scheme but believes some changes should be made to make it more helpful to young job seekers. Kaff ran his own business until he sold it in the 1990s and says he’s has seen both sides of the NEIS system.

“I have been through NEIS and I’ve taught on NEIS, so I’ve seen it from both sides,” Kaff says.

“Anything, where the government is helping more people to start their own business, is a good thing.”

Kaff believes the period of time where the government provides income support is not enough, noting it takes “a good year to get a business up and running”, and thinks the income support period should be stretched from 39 to 52 weeks.

An increase in the period where job seekers are ineligible to go on NEIS after having used it once would be welcomed, says Kaff. Currently, that time period is three years.

“I’ve seen some people go on the program every three years with a new business, so some people take advantage of the scheme. I think we need a longer period before people are able to go back on NEIS,” he says.

While Kaff believes the government can “never have enough” support for new business owners, he welcomes the increase to 8600 NEIS places, calling it a “good start”.

While the program does a good job of educating young business owners, Kaff says he’d support better business financing through the scheme.

“NEIS does a good job but it doesn’t help them at all with business financing. They get the initial training, then they’re just let loose,” he says.

“If you don’t have initial funding, where’s the money going to come from? The government should provide them with a low interest or no interest loan to finance the business. Additionally, once the business is up and running it should pay no tax on its first year income, and in the second year low tax.”

SmartCompany contacted Minister McCormack’s office for further information but did not receive a response prior to publication.

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Dominic Powell is a journalist at SmartCompany and a tech and music geek. When he’s not writing, you can find him reading or browsing record shops.

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/business-advice/government-and-politics/84231-government-adds-2300-new-places-to-new-enterprise-incentive-scheme-to-support-young-entrepreneurs/#disqus_thread

Donald Trump and China – Friends or foes???

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http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2198353-is-trump-starting-a-war-with-china-china-uncensored/

Interesting times Internationally, for sure!

It's always good to be able to transfer skills gained to new endeavours. Donald Trump has huge experience in business, management and leadership, which he gained whilst building his massive empire and which hold him in good stead. You don't become a billionaire by accident.

Trouble is, when you become leader of the free world, your decisions and actions don't simply affect your business interests. They have far reaching effects on billions of lives, literally.

Business decisions rarely have fatal consequences, but political decisions certainly can. I am troubled that "The Donald" is so quick to react with emotion (Usually on Twitter), on matters for which he has neither the international experience or insight and without consideration of the far reaching repercussions.

Sure, it's a good thing to shake up the status quo, as long as it will benefit humanity in general. But there are 100's of years, or more, of history here which cannot simply be ignored or swept aside in the moment, on a whim.

I have said that Donald Trump will bring overdue, unconventional change, which is a good thing. The status quo does need a shakeup. I also said, "as long as he doesn't do anything stupid".

Time will tell if he does!

Latest radio interview with Mike Bennett at 101FM Logan on 21st November 2016

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Had a fun and informative interview with my now-good friend Mike Bennett on 21st November, 2016.

We covered emergency services, schoolies, Donald Trump and my own future in politics, not in that order.

Have a watch below:

https://youtu.be/VZH_XhhlrZo

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE – CHINESE FALUN DAFA (FALUN GONG)

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I attended the Gold Coast premier of "Hard to Believe" documentary last night (12th August 2016).

It looks at illegal and forced organ harvesting in China of the peaceful Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) members.

Their only alleged "crime" is to be part of a 100 million strong group who promote, peace, harmony and love and practise meditation and nurturing.

The Chinese Government sees them a a threat for some reason, so they incarcerate, abuse and torture members before they forceably remove their organs, cornea etc.

Many are shot beforehand but some are still alive when the operations take place.

Unthinkable violation of human rights and decency.

I strongly recommend that you gain a copy of "Hard to Believe" or go to a screening.

It is not graphic and has no medical footage or pictures. It is a documentary with interviews and some vision of public abductions.

Below is a post "Hard to Believe" interview with attendees including me.

China is our biggest trading partner and the Australian government is aware of this atrocity.

See below and attached information for more details.

The Movie - www.HardToBelieveMovie.com

The Epoch Times - www.theepochtimes.com.au or www.theepochtimes.com

Weekly publication - Epoch Weekly

Below are images of an address I gave to a meeting of Gold Coast Falun Dafa members prior to the 2016 election. I was one of 8 candidates addressing the meeting, including the Greens, Labor and Independents. (The lady on my left in red was not in fact a candidate. Hers was the last seat available. She was a tad embarrassed)

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Check out the “Michael Kaff for the Senate” Facebook feed for articles and updates.

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Hi everyone

I'm glad you're here checking out my webpage, but for up to date and continuous articles, opinions and insights, please checkout the feed from my Facebook page "Michael Kaff for the Senate". You will find a link on the front page - "FB FEED"

Now that the 2016 election is over, I'm looking forward towards the 2019 (or earlier) election.

I want YOUR opinions and insights. I want to know what YOU think so that I can be your voice.

It doesn't matter where you live, or whether you would be eligible to vote for me, I want to hear from you.
Let me know what you want me to add, change or include in my website  and "Michael Kaff for the Senate" Facebook page, so that I can do a better job for you.

Let me know about functions, conferences, meetings etc. which I can attend and to which I can contribute or speak.

Let me know if you want to be part of this ambitious project and take on a voluntary role to help put a Gold Coast and Queensland Independent in the Federal Senate.

Please share this website and my Facebook page. Share the videos and information on this site and on the FB page.

Let's get the ball rolling so that we can build a presence and reputation that will put us in a powerful position to make a real difference next time around.

We need to increase exposure to Michael Kaff's goals of being the political representative for the many industries and groups outlined the policy platforms on this site, as well as the many others who need to be heard...and we need to start NOW!

We can do this...together!

https://youtu.be/iQhts2V-KrU

Thank you,

Michael

Still no Gold Coast Senator?

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Queensland and Gold Coast's Independent Senate voice in Canberra, is still way over due!

Following the 2016 Federal election we still don't have a Gold Coast Senator, unless Murray Watt (Labor) keeps his promise from 2015 and moves to the Gold Coast. Not exactly the "local" representation we need.

The Gold Coast is the 6th largest Australian city and deserves its own local Senator in Federal Parliament.

As you know I ran as an Independent Senate Candidate at the 2016 federal election and intend to continue my journey towards the Federal Senate at the next election.

Why?

My job has only just begun.

I will continue to support people in their growth and development and to ensure that the government keeps its promises! I can only do that from within Parliament.

All my life I have helped guide people and businesses to follow their dreams and find success, happiness and security by doing what they love. I want to use that experience and expand my efforts to help more people using the federal political process.

I want people to, not only succeed, but excel, particularly in Small Business and start-ups, Disability enterprises, Arts & Culture industries, Baby Boomers, Education and Training, Youth, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

"You are defined by your actions and not by what you say or what you do for a living"

Michael’s run as an INDEPENDENT for the Senate in 2016 is over

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It's official...My run as an INDEPENDENT for the Senate in 2016 is over.

In fact, NO INDEPENDENT came close to winning a seat in Queensland or Australia for that matter. If you're not in a Party, forget it.

"Below the Line" Independent Candidates in Queensland (Not in a Party) only managed to gain .14% of the vote. That's 14/100s of one percent. Not very good, huh?

This is surprising, considering the backlash against the major Parties.

There are many reasons for this:

* INDEPENDENTS were only listed "Below the Line" under their personal names, no Party name.

* People found it too hard to vote for 12 individuals (who they did not know) "Below the Line" and instead voted for 6 familiar Party names "Above the Line".

* INDEPENDENTS, not Grouped with a Party or others (Ungrouped), occupied the last 2 columns of the metre wide Senate ballot paper and often could not be found because the paper had to be folded to fit into the booth, so they went unnoticed.

* Officials at polling booths were heard telling confused voters to "Just vote for 6 above the line", thereby excluding all Independents.

* INDEPENDENTS received basically NO mainstream media coverage, hence it was virtually impossible to get known.

* You had to be outrageous or a "celebrity" candidate like Pauline Hansen (Qld) or Derryn Hinch (Victoria) to get any media.

* Each of the successful small candidates formed their own Party and were listed "above the line". Individuals, such as myself, were listed "below the line" in the last two columns.

* The mainstream media attention that INDEPENDENTS did receive basically mocked the candidates and made them look like idiots. Who'd vote for that?

As for my campaign, I had great success in many areas, regardless of the vote:

* My "Send Michael Kaff to the Senate" FB page reached some 150,000 people, including overseas.

* My videos were viewed by some 25,000 people.

* I gained votes from all over Queensland, in small numbers, so my reach was there.

* Individuals were passionate and determined to vote for me and confirmed their votes afterwards.

* I had a Small Business policy article in the Age, Brisbane Times and Sydney Morning Herals (half page).

* I had an article in the on-line e-newsletter and FB page of Smart Company.

* I spoke to various groups for Small Business, oppressed Chinese nationals, etc and gained support there.

* I reached other groups via FB, who also supported my efforts.

* There were many questions, surveys and e-mails from groups and individuals via e-mail which were positive.

* I had a Candidate profile on a Sunshine Coast community page and Meet the Candidate page.

* Forgot to add that my website www.mkaff.net was archived by the Queensland Library for future reference. Quite an honour!

My sincere and deep felt thank you to everyone who supported me, voted for me and encouraged me. It was overwhelming and spurred me on at times when I felt it was a lost cause. Yes, I had my moments!

The experience has opened my mind and heart and changed me forever. My world is now so much bigger and petty issues are now so much smaller.

This is only the beginning of my determination to get elected, represent those without a voice and help to make a real difference.

Onward and upward...

 

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH MIKE BENNETT 25TH JULY – 101FM LOGAN CENTRAL (QLD)

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I had a great 14 minute interview with Mike Bennett on radio 101FM, Logan Central, this morning. (See link below)

Always interesting going in cold and having no idea what you'll be asked. Fortunately Mike was kind to me in that regard.

So much to discuss and we hardly scratched the surface. Being my first interview with Mike I was a tad serious, though they were quite serious topics. Might have more fun with it next time 🙂

Thanks for having me on your program Mike. I really enjoyed the chat and we both agree that there's so much more to discuss in the future.

https://www.facebook.com/mikebennettradio/videos/982594965193631/