I don’t like his chances, but for an Independent Travis Windsor looks to be making a reasonable fist of his run for Griffith.
This includes focussing on the one issue that ought to concern most Australians, but generally seems to get lost in debate – unemployment.
Travis has a list of policies to help in this area, that ought to have appeal to a lot of older and more working class Australians.
And at least he’s putting something forward.
Of course, there are a lot of other things that determine job prospects, such as general economic settings, and wage rates and flexibility.
Travis Windsor, independent candidate for the upcoming by-election in Kevin Rudd’s former seat of Griffith, today launched his Windsor Jobs Plan to put Griffith and Australia back to work.
“There are around a million unemployed or underemployed people in Australia right now.
That’s one in every twenty-three people, or more like one in ten of those who are of working age.
Unemployment and underemployment is expensive for government and causes major problems for individuals and society.
My background is in this field, having worked with schools, TAFEs, businesses and business groups and governments and I’ve seen first hand what works and what doesn’t.
We need to focus on what works and stop a lack of co-ordination between organisations getting in the way of getting people back to work. I have a seven point plan to do this.”
The Windsor Jobs Plan focuses on seven points:
- School – everything starts at school – the curriculum needs to be more focused on practical skills in the modern workforce; we need much closer ties between schools and TAFEs; will look at reintroducing the Local Community Partnership model set up during the Howard government
- Unemployed – Job Services Australia is encouraged not to put recently unemployed people forward first, but it is this group that’s much more likely to be re-employed quickly – this needs to change
- A generation of entrepreneurs – entrepreneurs and small businesses are the economic driver of Australia – we need to help people to set themselves up in business with a low cost business advisory service and create an environment where being a business owner is normal
- Business – employing staff needs to be a lot simpler – national adversarial party politics distract from getting this done
- TAFEs – TAFEs are measured on their ability to make money. This should not be the focus. In fact TAFEs should be seen as a viable alternative to the first year at university, at 10% of the cost, with a Diploma at the end of it, plus a year off the degree course
- Government – Federal and State Government bodies need to work more closely together to avoid duplication of effort and expense and to achieve the best outcomes
- Associated parties – Local communities and local media actively want to help get people back into work, like the ‘100 jobs in 100 days’ initiative on the Bayside. We need to do everything we can to encourage and support local communities that want to help local people get jobs
Travis Windsor is one of the leading mentors in the Queensland government’s small business assistance program (Small Business Solutions).
He also has a hands-on business background including owning or managing businesses for over 20 years.
On the board of SCIPS (School Community Industry Partnership Service), Travis organised work experience and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
He lectured at Latrobe University for 5 years and at Charles Sturt University for one year, and was a teacher in the TAFE systems in Queensland, NSW and Victoria for over eight years. He also has MBA and Bachelor of Business degrees.
Travis understands that Australia and Queensland are not achieving their optimal outcomes and that politics in lieu of policy is making it worse. His commitment is free of ties to major political parties, major sponsors or major media. Travis Windsor is genuinely independent and he seeks to represent and support individuals.
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