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Super wars return, with new battles

The old ideological battlelines are being drawn up once again in preparation for three more years of fist fighting over Australia’s retirement savings.

Lachlan Maddock | 10th Aug 2022 | More
Time for a reality check on 15 per cent super

As the new Labor Government explores pathways to 15 per cent, the superannuation industry needs to examine whether that’s really in the best interests of members. As of July 1, the superannuation guarantee will rise to 10.5 per cent on its long and meandering path to the legislated 12 per cent. That will give workers…

Lachlan Maddock | 1st Jul 2022 | More
Failure and frustration for ESG post-YFYS

Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) is the ultimate blunt instrument, and super will be glad to see it tweaked. But perhaps the bigger debate is around the future use of another blunt instrument: exclusion. If recent market moves are any determinant, it’s the exclusionary funds that will suffer most under the YFYS performance test, by…

Lachlan Maddock | 8th Jun 2022 | More
  • Turn and face the change: a better future for super?

    The last nine years of government have been characterised by a deep-seated suspicion of the country’s largest investors. But with Labor back in power, the super wars are almost certainly over. Labor’s election victory over the weekend arrives at a curious inflection point for Australia’s profit-to-member super funds. The last time Labor held government, in…

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th May 2022 | More
    A Labor win could return super to the fold

    Labor can do little to change the past. But a win in May could usher in a new era of co-operation between big super and the government. There were no surprises in shadow finance minister Stephen Jones’ speech to the 2022 ASFA conference. There is little that Labor can outright promise the industry aside from…

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Apr 2022 | More
    The super wars are over (if you want them to be)

    While Liberals and Labor have sparred for decades, it seems that many Australians believe the ideological conflict waged over superannuation is mostly moot. The super wars have raged unchecked since the introduction of the superannuation guarantee (SG) in the heady days of 1993. But the ideological battles in Parliament and the press have been waged…

    Lachlan Maddock | 30th Mar 2022 | More
  • More acrimony over ACSI in common ownership inquiry

    It’s rare that an inquiry finds no evidence of harm from a practice and still recommends against it – but that’s the path the standing committee on economics has gone down. The standing committee on economics’ inquiry into common ownership was most notable for beingone of the few inquiries of that body that regularly ended…

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Mar 2022 | More
    ‘Shrouded in secrecy and trickery’: Proxy showdown looms

    A prospective Labor government would strike out Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s proxy advice reforms – if Parliament doesn’t do it first. The proxy advice reforms will in be Labor’s crosshairs as Parliament resumes, with shadow minister for financial affairs Stephen Jones calling them “one of the worst policies I have seen in my 10 years in…

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Feb 2022 | More
  • Labor sketches a big plan for big super

    Labor wants to “super-charge” the Australian economy by putting our largest pool of capital to work both at home and away. But on Your Future, Your Super, they won’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water. The Your Future Your Super (YFYS) reforms represent one of the most daring political plays by the…

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Jan 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