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Cultural Values

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Australia *Is* a multi-cultural society. We are also a relatively successful one, more so than might be readily evident if one considers only the much publicised events of intolerance, hate crimes, prejudice and xenophobia.

Our mix of cultures is important in that it enriches our nation and will, ideally be embraced as an opportunity to make us stronger.

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Disabilities and Disability Inclusion

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Blue Roo Theatre Coy (Bulimba Opera)

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Governments have, for a long time, largely given little more than lip-service to those with a disability, whether mental or physical. Yet people with disabilities are alive, aware and need and want to be involved in the community and to contribute positively.

Of course, there have been some positive initiatives taken towards improving the lot of those with disability but it is still the case that most depend on charities or volunteer care-givers (usually family members) for assistance.

We need to see disability in a different way and instead of looking at it as a deficit, look for the positive influence that such people can have on society. Only by accepting that disabled people are “different” not “defective”, will we recognise their true potential and help them to achieve it.

I will be supporting and encouraging the following:

  • disability inclusion in society, by educating society and giving a better understanding of those with disabilities
  • disability inclusion in the workplace, through job placement, support and training
  • enterprises specifically created to employ, support and train those with disabilities
  • training for staff of enterprises that employ and work with the disabled
  • enterprises and activities in which the disabled can participate, regardless of their level of disability
  • federal government funding and incentives for all of the above, over and above that covered by the NDIS, where appropriate
  • continuation of the roll-out of the NDIS for those needing direct support

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The Arts

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“The Arts” has varied meaning for different people. To some, it suggests activities and forms of expression that are “high-brow” and too difficult for the average person to appreciate, as well as often too costly for them to afford. To others, the Arts involve all forms of creative expression and include the activities of the amateur potter or playwright through to the most exceptional of painters, poets, singers, actors and the like.

In my view, the Arts are for everyone and are essential because they shine a light on humanity and the joys and despairs of life itself. Art infuses our society at all levels and is not just about entertainment but affects the aesthetics of industrial design, architecture, urban planning and every other aspects of our society.

The Arts should and must form part of our education and help to raise the creativity and culture of our society.

You see, the Arts are not just a form of weekend entertainment. The Arts are the basis for who we are as humans, our culture, our entertainment, our means of expression, our solace in times of struggle and misfortune, our inspiration and so much more.

When we examine our history and various civilisations, the Arts stands out as a means to gaining insight into the peoples of the past, their behaviours, beliefs, life-style and culture. The Arts have obviously been an essential part of our history and evolution, so why do governments give the Arts such a low priority when they allocate funds and resources?

The Arts can help to heal, nurture and grow a balanced and productive society. So don't the Arts deserve to be a priority for government and not just an after thought?

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Welcome – Thank you for visiting.

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Welcome.

I’m Michael Kaff and I am an independent candidate for the Federal Senate, on behalf of Queensland, in the next Federal Election.

This site is here to inform you about why I am standing as a candidate for the Federal Senate on behalf of Queenslanders and to provide readers with an outline of my views on issues of significance.

I hope that if you have any comments, ideas or questions you will use this site to alert me to them. Please be assured, I AM LISTENING.

I want to contribute to the Senate remaining a strong house of review so that whoever is in government cannot ignore the wishes of ordinary Australians.

I believe that I can be a strong voice for ordinary Australians and pledge integrity and transparency to you.  Please consider me when you make your vote.

Michael Kaff

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