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Vote Compass: These are the top election issues in your state

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There are always some common, national issues at a Federal Election.  The major parties ensure that by choosing to concentrate on what they think will bring them votes.  Sometimes, an issue is already alive and well because of events that have happened since the previous election.

However, although there are common issues, many voters are also concerned about issues that concern their State and so differences between the issues of most concern to voters of the various states are not uncommon.

The ABC Vote Compass data reveals what voters in each state and territory think are the most important issues of the 2016 election.

Source: Vote Compass: These are the top election issues in your state - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Dawn Service – Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast

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Shelley and Michael13062228_10156838966005181_2492724679032996316_n13043440_10156838965890181_6925497236839549599_nMudgeeraba RSL for after service breakfast + milk and rum with Peter Castley, Michael Kaff, and Steve Boyle . — with Peter Castley, Michael Kaff and Steve Boyle (RSL President - Robina & Mudgeeraba)

A great honour to attend the dawn service at Mudgeeraba on Monday 25th April 2016 with Shelley Lynn Dane Garrod. We had an "interesting" breakfast of sausage, mashed potato, baked beans, buttered bread and coffee...closely followed by Rum and milk. Not my usual beverage at 6.30am I must say. They certainly looked after us. We sat, ate and spoke with Marg (Last name unknown) and Peter who generously offered us seats. All morning we mixed with ex-servicemen and women who were full of humour and fun stories. Being an ex-army reserve officer who has never served in combat, I am in awe of these amazingly brave souls who risked their lives for the freedom that we all take for granted and enjoy today. Great to see so many young people there as well.

The march through Mudgeeraba will be at 3.30pm.

Above is a photo with Peter Castley (left) and Steve Boyle (2014 RSL President - Robina and Mudgeeraba)

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Employment

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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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Small Business and Start-ups

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Individual initiative and the willingness to “give it a go” has long been a characteristic of Australian society. In more recent times, one could be forgiven for not recognising this for the media tend to focus far more on negative behaviours than on positive ones. I guess this is easier to report and grabs more headlines.

I admire and relish the efforts of those who will build up an enterprise for themselves, whether it be a single person operation or one employing others. Small business people could well be said to provide the commercial backbone to our community and they deserve fair treatment and appropriate incentives to assist them to succeed.

I will support measures that assist the small business community and recognise its importance to Australia’s health and prosperity such as tax free income for the first year and reduced tax in year 2.

Start-ups need a helping hand. Giving incentives and the opportunity to grow without initial tax burdens is but one way to increase their chances of success.

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Policy

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As an Independent Senator I will not be bound to vote for policy imposed by any fixed Party policy, pressure groups or factions. My intention is to represent what I consider to be in the best interests of Gold Coasters and Queenslanders.

On this site you will find, in brief, the stance I have now on issues that appear to concern all Australians but particularly Queenslanders.

Please understand that because I intend to LISTEN with an open mind to as wide a cross-section of the community as I can, I do expect that, on some issues, I may be persuaded that an alternative stance is more appropriate than the one I have now.

Also, as situations change and if the present policies become inadequate or are no longer applicable or appropriate I will consider the options available.

I will constantly seek your input and feedback as I am here to represent you and use this input to form positions and make decisions that best serve the electorate of Queensland and Australia as a whole.

If I do take a significant or alternative view on any issue, that new stance and reasoning will be reflected here.

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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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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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