Opinions

Commission's super proposals are experimental and high risk

Posted: Thursday 31 May, 2018

How did a report that finds that people are better off in a default super fund end up making a recommendation that teenagers should make decisions about their super which could stick with them for their entire lives?

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  • David Whiteley, Former Chief Executive
  • David Whiteley,
    Former Chief Executive

  • How tax credits can stop housing heartbreak

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 30 August, 2018

    Australia stands on the precipice of a major social crisis. Industry Super Australia estimates a national affordable housing shortage (mostly sub-market rentals and emergency housing) in the order of 350,000 depending on typical family size. Two thirds or more of that shortage is in New South Wales and Victoria.

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  • Closing the wage gap won't close the super gap

    Author: Sarah Saunders, Posted: Thursday 30 August, 2018

    August 31 is Equal Pay Day. It highlights how much longer women would need to work at the end of the financial year to catch up to men. With new figures suggesting the gender pay gap is at 14.6%, it marks the closest we have been to closing the pay gap in 20 years.

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  • A Policy Reset for Jobs and Growth

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 18 January, 2018

    The challenge for the Treasurer in 2018 and beyond is to generate an upward spiral of non mining and new dwelling investment to help reverse the low productivity and falling competitiveness of the post GFC period. This vicious cycle has in part been a toxic byproduct of the stifling pettiness and fractious division that has characterised Australian politics and policy-making since mid-2010.

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  • Time for Christmas Budget Cheer

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 18 January, 2018

    With the Government’s 2017-18 Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due Monday, a review into the likely national bottom-line is timely. Certainly the domestic economy is likely to achieve respectable growth in 2018 and it appears that non-mining business investment is recovering nicely. All this is good news. Surely the Treasurer can finally back in a return to surplus in 2020-21?

    No ...

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  • Better Banks Drive Productivity & Living Standards

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 05 October, 2017

    Australia’s banks are certainly failing to meet their obligations as custodians of the public good to drive growth and to raise community welfare. This is a long term problem. Public confidence in Australia’s banks has been steadily eroding since financial deregulation in 1983 and now the brand of the Big 4 banks, especially CommBank, is at its nadir.

    What has gone wrong?

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  • It's time to get banks back to nation-building basics

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Wednesday 30 August, 2017

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