Without wishing to directly criticise the article (although a little fact checking might help) quotas suck!
The Japanese government instituted a similar program for businesses with over 100 employees - 1% from memory.
I am sure some employers saw this as an opportunity to contribute toward an inclusive society and a way of broadening the talent pool they called upon for staff and a lot more simply did not. Many elected to simply pay the tax - employing a person with disability seen as 'too hard'. Others sought token workers.
However, the worst effect was the creation of a belief that employing a person with a disability was only something for big business, effectively closing the door on the largest opportunity for most workers with disability - small business.
The answer to better inclusion for workers with disability does not lie with taxation or legislation as both of these compound discrimination.
There is a simple demand/supply equation. When employers want staff they will include people with disability when they believe that such inclusion is in their interests for positive reasons ('I will gain a valuable team member') rather than for negative reasons ('If I don't do this I will be punished'').
Along with a whole bunch of similarly inclined folk I have spent the best part of 30 years selling a simple truth; properly matched to ability, people with disability can be as productive and vital to a business as any other worker. Such persons aren't superpeople, they can't walk on water or stop a speeding express train but in the right environment they can be 'great pretty much anythings'.
Forcing Australian business owners isn't much of a plan. Inaccurate portrayals of foreign 'comparisons' won't help. All taxes are regressive - the list goes on.
'We understand how you feel (business owners), many have felt the same way and here's what XYZ found' (provide example).
Business owners are just like you and me, they will buy when they have sufficient reason to believe that this is in their interests and not when they are regulated, a process that produces unintended consequences and little of worth.
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