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Rental stress leaves hundreds of thousands of Australians struggling for years to cover all the other costs of living. Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock

Growing numbers of renters are trapped for years in homes they can’t afford

After paying rent, more than half of low-income tenants don't have enough left over for other essentials. And the latest evidence shows nearly half of them are stuck in this situation for years.
Unless the Productivity Commission inquiry examines the government’s shortcomings, it will fail to bring any necessary improvements. Inala Wangarra

A new inquiry into Indigenous policy must address the root causes of failure

When it comes to improving Indigenous policies and programs, Indigenous communities should be the ones evaluating government – rather than the other way around.
The statistics show the wealthiest households are getting a growing share of household wealth. The Productivity Commission is trying to tell us they are not. ALAN PORRITT/AAP/ABS

It’s not just the ABS. It’s also the Productivity Commission downplaying the growth in inequality

Freedom of Information documents show the Bureau of Statistics spent a good deal of effort toning down news of rising inequality. The Productivity Commission seems to have been at it too.
Failure to further strengthen the compulsory super system would be disadvantageous to many future retirees and be an added burden on a later generation of taxpayers. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: How ‘guaranteed’ is a rise in the superannuation guarantee?

Liberal senator Andrew Bragg is one of the Coalition backbenchers who oppose the scheduled superannuation guarantee rise to 12%. They are looking to the retirement incomes inquiry to leverage change.
Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating, the father of Australia’s compulsory superannuation system, with former prime minister Julia Gillard at Labor leader Bill Shorten’s campaign launch in 2016. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Frydenberg should call a no-holds-barred inquiry into superannuation, now, because Labor won’t

A full throated inquiry into superannuation and whether we need more could be the last best thing the Coalition does.
The Commission found some super funds treat people very badly, but it was prevented from examining the idea of superannuation. Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission inquiry was just the start. It’s time for a broader review of super and how much it is needed

The Productivity Commission was only permitted to examine the efficiency of the super system. A quarter of a century on, it's time to examine the design of the system and who it helps and hurts.
We find it hard to read forms and to understand risk, so we stick with what we know. Shutterstock

Superannuation: why we stick with the duds

Picking an dud superannuation fund can cost you about 13 years’ pay over a working lifetime, roughly the value of an apartment in Melbourne or Sydney.

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