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‘Inhibitors and constraints’: Frontier’s deep dive into nation-building finds steep barriers

As the Albanese Government looks to use super funds to kickstart Australian infrastructure growth, the number of obstacles arrayed against investing in affordable housing and venture capital might give them pause for thought.

Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Nov 2022 | More
New battles, same old super war as election looms

The Morrison Government wants to present a small target on superannuation at next year’s election. But Labor has big ideas for the sector that could be impossible to match. Superannuation might well be the Liberal Party’s Moby Dick. It’s a popular policy inextricably tied to Labor and the union movement, and while they can barely…

Lachlan Maddock | 16th Dec 2021 | More
APRA fires latest salvo in super wars

A significant chunk of super fund advertising could now be on ice, with APRA finding that marketing expenditure could not be shown to have improved members’ financial position. As stapling puts a nail in the coffin of default distribution, many of Australia’s biggest super funds have turned their attention to the dark art of advertising…

Lachlan Maddock | 28th Oct 2021 | More
  • Future Fund not the future of default super: ISA

    Australia’s industry funds have launched a full-throated defence of their sector as the national default fund debate heats up. Politics and performance are both at stake. The idea of a national default fund is a bold one, and has been advanced a number of times over the 30-year history of compulsory superannuation in Australia. Its…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Oct 2021 | More
    Both sides to blame in common ownership bungle

    The inquiry into common ownership has given us that rarest of things: a moment of bipartisan stupidity. There are so many wonderful ways to waste taxpayer money. You can use it to pay for business-class flights to Canberra, or Craig Kelly-style political stunts, or even give it away to profitable multinational corporations in the middle…

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Sep 2021 | More
    Industry battles over early super release

    The superannuation industry is deeply divided over whether the government’s decision to change the super early release rules is really in the interest of the super fund members.

    The measure allows Australians to apply via myGov for access of up to $10,000 of their superannuation from April this year and an additional $10,000 from July 1 2020 for another three months.

    Annabelle Dickson | 25th Mar 2020 | More