12 April 2021

Superannuation is much more than one man’s legacy

Paul Keating may be the architect of Australia’s super system, but his rhetoric on retirements incomes is becoming less and less reliable.

11 April 2021

Housing affordability is a problem, but superannuation isn’t the solution

Allowing Australians to use their super to buy homes would most benefit those with the most super and the most homes. They’re the least in need.

31 March 2021

How to close the gender gap in retirement incomes

Australia has its first Minister for Women’s Economic Security. Here’s what she should do — and not do.

24 March 2021

10 jobs a week: JobMaker needs fixing

Ideally the hiring credit would be dumped in favour of an incremental payroll tax rebate. But if it stays, JobMaker should be recast. Here’s how.

8 March 2021

How to pay for a better aged care system

User-pays is not a good option. But a Medicare-style levy is, and so is winding back tax breaks for older Australians, especially in superannuation.

25 February 2021

Now is an especially bad time to cut unemployment benefits

The new JobSeeker rate is way below the poverty line and the second-stingiest payment in the OECD for newly unemployed people.

2 February 2021

Don’t worry: the pension will still be there when you need it

Most Australians fear the age pension won’t exist by retirement. Relax. It’s here for the long haul.

30 November 2020

The pension is here to stay (and that’s a good thing)

The main problems with Australia’s retirement incomes system are the big holes in the publicly funded social safety net rather than in the superannuation system.

22 November 2020

Australia needs new-generation thinking on retirement incomes

The superannuation industry resists reform, because billions of dollars in super fees and major political legacies are at stake. But their self-interested protestations should be ignored.

20 November 2020

5 key takeaways from the Retirement Income Review

Perhaps the most important is that the Government needs to do something dramatic to ensure Australians who rent can avoid poverty in retirement.