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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    Former Chief Executive

  • SMEs Need Superannuation Help To Power Performance

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Friday 09 November, 2018

    Christopher Joye argues, and we agree, that Australian super funds need to do more to assist Australian businesses to access capital (see yesterday’s AFR column), but the way forward shouldn’t ignore the benefits of portfolio diversification across economic cycles.

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  • Gender gap package a good start

    Author: Sarah Saunders, Posted: Friday 09 November, 2018

    Despite almost 30 years of compulsory contributions, women are still retiring with 40 per cent less superannuation than men.

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  • 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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