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Human beings need to be productive. In modern society, for most of us, that means having a job for which we have appropriate skills and that also offers us some stimulation and challenge and the opportunity to advance our careers.

Most of us also work, of course, because we need to earn enough money to pay for shelter, food, clothes, education, health and the other requisites we regard as necessary for a reasonable life.

Providing sufficient opportunities for all people to be gainfully employed, start their own business or in some way give back to society, is extremely important. At the same time, it is necessary to recognise that life should not be about work alone. We need other activities in our life and even “non-activities” such as rest, to ensure balance and well-being.

There are those who do not aspire to reach high career levels or attain large material wealth. For some, their focus is more about how they can contribute to society as a whole or assisting others within who have particular disadvantage. Therefore we need a flexible approach to how we see work as a part of society as well as how individual employers and employees engage with one another in a fair and equitable way.

Flexibility, innovation and equal opportunity are the hallmarks of a productive, cohesive and fair society. We should all be open to giving a helping hand to those who are looking to better themselves and give back.

When I was starting out in my tax practice, a practitioner gave me such an opportunity by allowing me to utilise his office facilities to build my own business, whilst working for him. I have since given others the same opportunity so others could to grow and evolve.

Looking after one another is the right thing to do and I encourage everyone who is in a position to help those learning, growing, evolving or struggling in any way they can.

Together we can help each other grow as individuals and therefore as a supportive, respectful, healthy and, dare I say, happy society.

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Disabilities and Disability Inclusion



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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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