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‘Power can be used well or it can be used poorly’: Super funds and too big to fail

The Albanese Government has begun to explore the potential negative impacts of super fund consolidation. The question is whether a super fund can ever be too big to fail.

Lachlan Maddock | 26th Aug 2022 | More
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.

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.

    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.

    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