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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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Crime and Punishment


Few of us would reject the notion that we need to impose on members of society some rules regarding how we behave together and what is considered acceptable and what is not.

At the same time, we need to be careful of continuing practices that have already been shown to fail, such as locking up people for minor crimes at a young age, which could lead them to become hardened and less respectful to society.

We need also to consider the reasons and conditions which have contributed to and created the bad behaviour of some citizens. If we only deal with the final behaviours and not the underlying social and emotional issues then we are unlikely to achieve any real improvement in society. Treating the symptoms and not the causes will inevitably lead to crowded cells and a segregated society.

Of course those who commit crimes need to be punished, but they also need to be rehabilitated before their behaviour and attitude worsens. There are many support workers doing just that but as crime rates grow and offenders repeat their illegal activities, we must ensure that training and rehabilitation resources are increased and that they target the individuals in an effective way.

A dollar spent now curing the disease will save many dollars later, dealing with the symptoms.

Also, denying someone of their freedom alone as punishment, is not enough. They must face the circumstances that they have caused be be made to make retribution for their deeds and help to undue the damage they have caused, where possible.


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Cultural Values


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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