Unions lean on ALP over super choice bill

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 7-Feb-20

The union movement is urging Labor to vote against proposed legislation that would ban enterprise agreements from stating that workers must join a union-backed superannuation fund. Labor senator Tony Sheldon recently warned the party’s caucus against voting for the bill, while ACTU assistant secretary Scott Connolly says the proposed legislation would have a major impact on industry funds such as UniSuper.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ACTU, UNISUPER LIMITED

Forget tax and spend, go for productivity: Albanese

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 22-Nov-19

Labor leader Anthony Albanese will emphasise the need to prioritise increased productivity in a speech on 22 November. He will identify microeconomic reform, fiscal management, infrastructure, and investment in people through skills and training as the key policy initiatives to lift productivity. He will also argue that the legislated increase in the superannuation guarantee must proceed, as it will encourage super funds to invest in productivity-boosting infrastructure.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Business splits on 12pc super

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 23-Oct-19

The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s chief economist Ross Lambie says any further increase in the superannuation guarantee should be dependent on an increase in productivity. Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox supports the long-term goal of lifting the super guarantee to 12 per cent; however, he is open to further delaying the rise, citing factors such as the cost to businesses and the need for real wages to increase. AustralianSuper CEO Ian Silk argues that the increase in the super guarantee has been legislated, and it has already been delayed twice.

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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ACTU, MASTER BUILDERS AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND, AUSTRALIAN HOTELS ASSOCIATION, HOST-PLUS, AUSTRALIAN MINES AND METALS ASSOCIATION (INCORPORATED), GRATTAN INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION, MASTER ELECTRICIANS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Costello defies PM, urges super debate

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 4 : 8-Aug-19

The legislated increase in the superannuation guarantee continues to attract scrutiny, with former treasurer Peter Costello calling for the issue to be "thoroughly debated" in the Coalition’s partyroom. He says increasing the guarantee from 9.5 per cent at present to 12 per cent by mid-2025 will have "very significant ramifications", although he has stopped short of declaring his own position on the issue. A number of Coalition backbenchers oppose increasing the super guarantee.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, GRATTAN INSTITUTE

Super is about unions rather than our retirement

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 12 : 23-Jul-19

Australia’s superannuation system is now valued at $2.8 trillion, but parliament has yet to agree on what it is for. The current federal government tried a few years ago to enact a bill that would define the purpose of superannuation, but it was never passed. The main aim of superannuation should be to help people to provide for themselves in retirement, but cynics would suggest that the ‘real’ beneficiaries include fund managers, superannuation and financial planning associations, the union movement and the Labor party. It is little wonder that all these groups want the superannuation guarantee to be increased to 12 per cent, as has been legislated, although some government MPs are now against this idea.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Lib MPs in bid to ditch super boost

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 22-Jul-19

The federal government is facing growing pressure from within its ranks to reconsider an increase in the superannuation guarantee from 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent by mid-2025. Andrew Hastie is among seven backbenchers who oppose the increase; he says it would be preferable for people to use this income to pay off their mortgage now rather than have to wait until they retire. Senator Amanda Stoker in turn says wage increases should be a higher priority at present than changes to the superannuation guarantee.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, GRATTAN INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Super system far too complex

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 24-Jun-19

Nobel Prize-winning economists Eugene Fama and Richard Thaler contend that Australia’s superannuation system has too many investment options and that its fees are too high. Fama says low-fee passive funds should be the default option in a system that is government-mandated, while Thaler says lower fees should be achievable through competitive bidding. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg recently announced a new review of the $2.8 trillion superannuation sector.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, RAINMAKER INFORMATION SERVICES PTY LTD

Workers face $20b pay hit from superannuation rise

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 3-May-19

The compulsory superannuation guarantee is slated to rise from 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent over stages between 2021 and 2025. However, the Productivity Commission recently called for any increase to be put on hold until an independent inquiry into the Australian retirement income system has been held, while the Grattan Institute argues that lifting the employer contribution to 12 per cent would cost workers $20 billion a year in take-home pay, as well as making wage growth even more sluggish than it already is.

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AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, GRATTAN INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

AMP reaps $100m in zombie fees

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 6 : 1-Feb-19

The federal government’s legislative agenda for February will include a bill to enable the Australian Taxation Office to transfer monies from inactive superannuation accounts with low balances to the fund member. There are about 7.3 million inactive super accounts in Australia, and it is estimated that AMP alone generates at least $100m in fees each year from more than one million such accounts. Australians also pay some $2.6bn a year in fees for multiple super accounts.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, MOTOR TRADES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA SUPERANNUATION FUND PTY LTD, REST SUPER PTY LTD, FIRST SUPER PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

Shorten rounds on super fund duds

Original article by Joanna Mather, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 17-Jan-19

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has expressed some support for the Productivity Commission’s proposal to cull underperforming superannuation funds. He says super funds whose returns rank in the bottom quartile deserve to be culled, regardless of whether they are industry or retail funds. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has not ruled out making the Future Fund a default super fund, but he stresses that doing so is not on the government’s policy agenda at present.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. FUTURE FUND MANAGEMENT AGENCY