Retiree time-bombs

By Jim Bonham and Sean Corbett

www.saveoursuper.org.au

1 Abstract

The complexity of superannuation and the age pension conceals at least 6 time-bombs – slowly evolving automatic changes to the detriment of retirees – caused by inconsistent indexation: Division 293 tax, currently only for high income earners, will become mainstream.Shrinking of the transfer balance cap …

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Save Our Super suggestions for Review of Retirement Income System

BY TERRENCE O’BRIEN AND JACK HAMMOND on behalf of themselves and Save Our Super

28 June 2019

When more individuals save for self-funded retirement above Age Pension levels, their savings contribute funds and real resources for reallocation through the financial sector to fund investments. Such an economy will be more dynamic and efficient than one …

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7.30 Report interviews Save Our Super on Kelly O’Dwyer – 24 April 2017

Click here to view the ABC’s 7.30 Report interview of Save Our Super’s Jack Hammond QC and John McMurrick on Kelly O’Dwyer.

Click here for the transcript of the interview.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Grandfathering provisions

Save Our Super believes that major changes to the existing rules of the Australian superannuation system should not be made unless, at the same time, appropriate grandfathering provisions are included in the legislation.

“Grandfathering provisions” are qualifying clauses within legislation which exempt those people already involved in the activity with which the legislation deals.

Tuesday, …

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Tony Abbott supports “grandfathering”

On 27 June 2017, Tony Abbott, in a speech to the Institute of Public Affairs, Brisbane, supported grandfathering provisions. He said, amongst other things:

Absent an acute crisis, to get elected with an economic reform programme, it’s probably necessary to guarantee that existing beneficiaries will keep their benefits.

But even with grandfathered changes, a government …

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Reserve Bank of Australia and Productivity Commission on grandfathering

There are many examples of Federal Parliament’s use of grandfathering provisions when major changes were made to the superannuation system. For example:

in a September 1996 Research Paper, the Reserve Bank of Australia said:

“Important changes to the tax rules were made in 1983, 1988, 1992, and 1996, which generally reduced the tax …

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Grandfathering Provisions Required

The historic use of appropriate grandfathering provisions to protect those who were significantly affected by major superannuation rule changes, justifies their use in the Coalition’s Superannuation ( Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Act 2016 (C’th) (No 80 of 2016) and Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016 ) (C’th) (No 81 of 2016).

However, …

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Super changes – why grandfathering the rules must be considered

Jack Hammond, QC, founder of Save Our Super

Terrence O’Brien, B Econ (Hons), M Econ, former Treasury official

Any government must retain the right to change policies as circumstances change over time. Policy change always poses two questions: Is the change an improvement? And is it properly implemented? This article focusses on implementation issues, which …

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Save Our Super’s Pillars of Principle

“Trust” and “Certainty” are Save Our Super’s “Pillars of Principle”. They are fundamental. Only with those two pillars of principle in place can a fair and sustainable Australian superannuation system survive and flourish.

Trust

First, a government should not undermine people’s trust in the superannuation system.

Trust is shattered when, for example, a Minister like …

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Our Call For Action

Save Our Super calls for all Federal parliamentarians to promote and support superannuation policies and legislation which contain grandfathering provisions that maintain the previous entitlements of those Australians who will be significantly affected by major rule changes to the then existing superannuation provisions.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Save Our Super

Save Our Super is an apolitical community-based group which makes the public aware of the implications of the Coalition’s superannuation legislation and Labor’s superannuation policies.

Some of our supporters vote Liberal/National; some vote Labor; others vote for other parties or independents. But we are united in Our Call For Action by the Federal Parliament.

Tuesday, …

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Unfair and unreasonable

It is manifestly unfair and unreasonable to individuals who now, or will, rely on their superannuation savings for a retirement income under the then existing rules to make new rules which significantly affects them.

Therefore, appropriate grandfathering provisions need to be put in place to protect all significantly affected Australians.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Undermines trust

A Government’s right to govern is based upon the bond of trust between the people and their Government. Trust is the currency of Government. When, by a breach of trust, a Government debases that currency, the people lose confidence in their Government.

And so it is when Governments make major rule changes to an existing …

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Superannuation – A Long Term Savings Plan Under Threat

Australians’ investment in superannuation is an almost life-long savings plan. It starts from the first superannuation contribution and lasts until the final pension payment.

In 1991, the Superannuation Guarantee levy was imposed. Australian’s participation in superannuation has accelerated from about 30% of employed persons to over 90% today.

Since the 1980s, Australia’s accumulated superannuation savings have risen …

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