Opposition leader Bill Shorten says the government’s proposed changes to super are ‘retrospective’, but actually they’re not.
Lots of changes affect investments made in the past, and no-one suggests they are retrospective.
In response to the government's pre-election budget, Labor's Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh, a former professor of economics, describes an alternative economic plan.
Not just another budget, but not a plan either.
An ideological view and a powerful lobby group stopped the government from delivering a better budget.
The reforms to superannuation in the federal budget reflect how the objective of the system is changing.
Budget superannuation changes redirect concessions to lower income earners where they are most needed.
One the the big disappointments for women in the budget was the postponement of changes to child care.
This budget focuses on jobs and growth, but has little in it to redress women's entrenched inequality.
Economic reality has intruded on rosy budget predictions for years now and the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook may soon challenge Treasurer Scott Morrison’s forecasts.
Budget repair was put off till later, and the net impact of decisions in the budget was small, but it will be easier to defend in the coming election campaign than some other recent efforts.
A new Google tax is part of the a tax crackdown in the federal budget.
Wins for small business; significant superannuation reform; multinational tax avoidance addressed; and more.
Look in Scott Morrison’s show bag and the contents are sparse for most voters.
What a paradox! This is an election-eve budget without big sweeteners to woo the voters.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says ‘this is not a time to be splashing money around’.
The Turnbull government has promised company tax cuts to stimulate investment and action to prevent middle-income earners moving into a higher tax bracket, in a budget that will launch its election campaign.
Scott Morrison’s budget will determine whether the election campaign starts well or poorly for the government.
“Are you nervous?” journalist Laurie Oakes asked Scott Morrison two days before the treasurer brings down his first budget. Morrison didn’t answer that but he has every reason to be anxious. As he keeps…
What is the best HELP repayment option for all graduates?
Combining a lower repayment scale with a super option would allow for earlier repayment of HELP loans and greater flexibility for graduates to manage living expenses early in their careers.
Financial System Inquiry chair and former Commonwealth Bank chief David Murray is party of a group of people calling for a legislated ‘objective’ of super.
Legislating an 'objective' for super could have many unintended consequences.
Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer says super should be used to increase self-sufficiency in retirement.
Legislating a definition of super overlooks the real motivators behind people saving for retirement.
Paul Clintock, chairman of CEDA, says the report is trying to bring a balanced perspective to the budget debate.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is trying to refocus debate on repairing the budget for the future.
Pie charts used on the MySuper website have led to unforeseen consequences.
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Policymakers have long grappled with the best way to engage a seemingly apathetic public into paying more attention to their superannuation. The introduction of a low-cost and simple default option, MySuper…
Indigenous workers will struggle to be self-sufficient in retirement.
Superannuation is a highly researched area, but little has been done on how Indigenous workers fare. The picture is not pretty.
As the government considers a tax reform agenda without changing the GST, Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer discusses tax and superannuation with Michelle Grattan.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said people were not interested in “reading a large tome on tax”.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.
Moral hazard - a lack of incentive to guard against risk when protected from its consequences - is inherent in our super system.
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Contrary to received wisdom, our super system isn't designed to attract superior long-term returns.
A coalition of senators say they will not support the government’s proposal to change the structure of superannuation boards.
Research suggests it's not the independence of super fund directors that matters, but their training and experience.