There’s no point in homing in on pension asset test

Original article by Judith Sloan
The Australian – Page: 12 : 19-Nov-19

No government for the foreseeable future is going to contemplate including a family home in the age pension assets test. For one thing, only about seven per cent of the nation’s two million age pensioners would be affected if homes valued at more than $1.5m were to be subject to the assets test. This would mainly affected pensioners in Sydney and Melbourne. Meanwhile, home equity release products are worth considering in relation to retirement incomes policy, although existing products of this nature are undesirable, including the federal government’s own Pension Loan Scheme.

CORPORATES

Push to include family home in pension test

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 4 : 21-Aug-19

The Actuaries Institute has published a discussion paper which examines a range of options for overhauling Australia’s retirement income system. The authors argue amongst other things that the federal government should consider measures such as including the family home in the pension assets test, the abolition part-pensions and the introduction of death duties. The paper also warns that Australia’s ageing population will put the federal Budget under growing pressure unless action is taken. The report was written by David Knox, Anthony Asher and Michael Rice.

CORPORATES
ACTUARIES INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, GRATTAN INSTITUTE

Seniors big winners in budget lift

Original article by Simon Benson, Rick Morton, David Uren
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 8-May-18

The Federal Government’s May 2018 Budget will feature a range of measures targeted at older Australians. Amongst other things, the government is expected to provide funding for an additional 20,000 people to receive in-home care, while a scheme that enables retirees to remain in the workforce without affecting their pension entitlements is tipped to be expanded. Meanwhile, people on low and middle incomes are expected to receive a tax cut of about $A10 a week.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

70pc slugged by combined super, pension changes

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 2 : 13-Sep-16

The Australian Government has produced a briefing paper which shows that low-income earners stand to gain the most from proposed changes to the pension assets test and the superannuation tax regime. The paper shows that the reforms, which are slated to take effect in 2017, will adversely affect everybody except those on the lowest 30 per cent of incomes. Meanwhile, a report produced on behalf of the Institute of Public Affairs concludes that the Government’s super tax reforms will hit middle-income earners in particular.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED

Incentives eyed for downsizers

Original article by Gretchen Friemann, David Uren
The Australian – Page: 6 : 20-Nov-15

The Australian Government has proposed measures aimed at reducing retirees’ dependence on the age pension by encouraging them to sell their family home and use the proceeds to invest in retirement products such as annuities. Measures being considered by Treasurer Scott Morrison include a stamp duty exemption for people who downsize to a smaller home and excluding the proceeds from the sale of a family home from the assets test for the age pension.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, COUNCIL ON THE AGEING, CHALLENGER LIMITED – ASX CGF, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NEW SOUTH WALES. THE TREASURY

Work till 70? A fifth of us won’t be well enough

Original article by Sally Rose
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 25 : 11-Jun-15

The Australian Government has advocated requiring people to remain in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age. However, a report by AMP and the National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling concludes that this may not be an option for some Australians. It shows that 25 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women who are currently in their forties expect their health to be "fair" or "poor" by 2035.

CORPORATES
AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

New Greens leader may agree to raise petrol tax

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 10 : 29-May-15

Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale has indicated that the party is willing to reach a compromise with the Federal Government on issues such as fuel excise and pension reforms. He says the Greens are open to an increase in the fuel excise, provided some of the additional revenue is used to finance public transport projects. Di Natale also says the Greens will support pension reforms if the Government agrees to undertake a previously shelved review of retirement income.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Don’t hoard super, says Morrison

Original article by Laura Tingle
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-May-15

Some 90 per cent of people on lower incomes will be adversely affected by measures in the Australian Government’s 2014 and 2015 Budgets, according to research by the National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling. Changes to the pension assets test will hit retirees with significant assets in particular, but Social Services Minister Scott Morrison argues that they should rely on their superannuation savings rather than the age pension.

CORPORATES
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Morrison prefers housing carrot to pension stick

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 18-Feb-15

The Australian Government has ruled out subjecting a retiree’s home to an assets test for eligibility for the aged pension. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has instead proposed allowing retirees to downsize to a smaller home without having their pension affected by the proceeds from the sale. Morrison notes that retirees who opt to downsize their home are currently penalised financially

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, COUNCIL ON THE AGEING, NATIONAL SENIORS AUSTRALIA LIMITED