I am Travis James Windsor.
I will be your effective representative for Griffith.
I am here because of personal calls from a wide range of electors of Griffith.
This makes me confident I will be truly representative and I will certainly be independent.
This morning, I wish to cover three items.
Firstly, I am extremely likely to be the new Member for Griffith.
Secondly, I want to talk about who I am and what I have already done in the seat of Griffith
Thirdly, I want to provide some understanding of my ‘political position’.
Therefore, firstly, let me state that I have full confidence that the electors of Griffith will choose wisely and I will be your representative in Griffith after 8th February.
I am a mentor with Queensland’s largest business assistance program, Small Business Solutions.
Small Business Solutions has helped 5000 businesses in the past 6 years. I am one of the leading mentors in terms of numbers of businesses helped and also the highest success rates of improving their businesses. I write the programs and train the mentors. I do business development for the program and in the last 2 years have helped triple and then double the number of businesses assisted. I have conducted 35 business seminars in the seat of Griffith and assisted over 50 businesses in this area.
When distressed businesses call up, I am the one who helps them.
When something goes wrong, I am the one who is sent in.
I am active in many business organizations and forums including committee roles and as a key note speaker to the 3 Chambers of Commerce in the Griffith electorate. I founded the Australian Motorcycle Business Chamber for business owners who ride motorcycles. My international connections include the Hong Kong Australia Business Association and the Australian China Business Council. I am also a past member of the Australian Institute of Export
I have owned or managed businesses for over 20 years. I ran a job network recruitment agency with thousands of clients and 20 staff. I have set up numerous workforce development projects across South Brisbane for the Australian Industry Group. I’m on the board of SCIPS, who as many in this area would know, is a leading not for profit that links schools, government, industry, business and training organisations. I have contributed behind the scenes to thousands of local young people finding their career of choice and local businesses overcoming workforce issues.
I have a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Global Trade Management, a Bachelor of Business in Enterprise Development, a Diploma of Management and qualifications in Real Estate and Training. I lectured in business at Latrobe University for 5 years and at Charles Sturt University for 1 year. I have also taught in the TAFE systems in Queensland, NSW and Victoria for over 8 years.
Thirdly, in relation to policies, I believe the critical issue is to think globally and push locally. My approach is based around bringing people together with the purpose of achieving outcomes.
An example is my last week were I set up a multicultural business development program in conjunction with a local council, set up a business improvement program in an outback Queensland region and brought together a number of parties to develop a program for small businesses in Rockhampton. All from the seat of Griffith.
I stand for a healthier, better educated electorate with full employment.
How will I do this? I will bring groups and people together and solve problems together.
For example, West End is an unofficial musical nursery and a great place to eat. Let’s combine local venues with creative industry expertise and make it an iconic part of Brisbane to visit that excites a new generation of musicians.
We need a water polo specific pool for the Carina pool complex. Australian water polo is in the top 10 in the world. We are always 2 or 3 players off top 5 and when you are in the top 5, anything can happen. Queensland is already the powerhouse in Australia and with a water polo specific pool at Carina we will find those 2 or 3 players.
Small business is by far the biggest employer and the engine room of the electorate. We must ensure all small businesses have access to assistance. If we need more programs we need to develop them. This is critical
The TAFE system has just undergone under a major overhaul and is in real danger of becoming obsolete. The TAFE system needs to be supported not left out to dry. Pathways between school, TAFE and University need to be developed and strengthened. Links between schools, industry and business need to be strengthened
I will look to ‘dampen down’ emotional issues that get too much media attention and become ‘politically hot’ as this prevents possible calm resolutions of the matter.
On conscience issues that are forced to a vote, I will vote in according to what I understand is the majority view within the electorate, because, I work for you
I am Travis Windsor – and I look forward to being the Griffith Member of the House of Representatives after 8th February. It’s your choice – Choose wisely, Choose Windsor.