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 has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.
Contrary to received wisdom, our super system isn't designed to attract superior long-term returns.
Research suggests it's not the independence of super fund directors that matters, but their training and experience.
Despite more women joining the workforce, women are retiring with significantly less super than men, and single women do even worse.
The rhetoric is that "catch-up" superannuation contributions help low income earners. But it's a myth.
Superannuation has arguably become a tax shelter for the wealthy. But here are three reforms which could re-introduce fairness.
The government compels us to do lots of things without any incentive payment, so why should super be any different?
It's a good thing that Australia's large and growing super sector will attract greater policy focus in coming years.
The Turnbull government will ban businesses from charging consumers excessive surcharges on their credit cards, and move to inject more competition into the superannuation industry.
Submissions to the government's taxation white paper show support for reducing concessions for superannuation but with no clear agreement on how to do this.
Allowing first home buyers to tap their super would worsen housing affordability, leave many people with less to retire on, and cost taxpayers in the long run.
When you consider that the average US household will have just $104,000 in retirement savings, Australia's compulsory super system starts to look like a really good idea.
First home buyers may be doing it tough, but lessons from the US tell us raiding super is not the solution.
Amid jeers of hypocrisy and cheers of climate leadership, what can we really say about this policy move in one of New South Wales' historic coal towns?
Despite the government windfall on offer, changing the age at which people can access their super is likely to unfairly hit retirees with lower super balances.
In a system where the age pension is designed to be needs-based, a strong asset test seems like an appropriate tax on the practice of bequeathing assets like superannuation to the next generation.
The superannuation sector argues it is competitive, but that doesn't mean it's efficient.
The threat of constant change to the superannuation system overlooks its critical role in encouraging lifetime savings.
The government has dropped plans to index age pensions to CPI and opted instead to tighten income and assets test. These are welcome changes but more needs to be done.