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Real ways to make a difference to your super

If your eye is on a comfortable retirement, now is a great time to look at how to ensure there will be more money in the bank

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Essential: Coalition struggles on the most basic issues

Voters believe the government isn’t performing well on the most important issues that shape electoral judgements, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Who is hurt the most from super changes?

The Abbott government’s refusal to increase super contributions will hurt the poor and women the most.

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Lay off Comic Sans

Crikey readers talk superannuation and their love for Comic Sans.

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End of the mining tax guarantees more tax for the poor

The government’s delay in lifting compulsory super contributions means low and middle income earners will pay more tax.

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Essential: MH17 diplomacy sparks turnaround for the Coalition

Latest Essential poll shows first substantial Coalition gain since the politically disastrous budget, while women remain disengaged with super.

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Can we have financial reform when banks are too big to regulate?

The demonstration of bank power on the FOFA repeal illustrates the challenge of effectively regulating a sector that is beginning to dominate the Australian economy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Murray tackles ‘too big to fail’, but are we increasing the risk of failure?

The Murray financial services inquiry recognises we have an issue with “too big to fail” banks — while noting we are increasing the chances of failure through our love affair with property. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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While the government fiddles on FOFA, longevity and fees are the real problem

A senior Treasury figure has discussed the real challenges in retirement incomes policy — longevity risk and high super fees, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Government committee insists ‘nothing to see here’ on gutting of FOFA

The government has flagged it will push on with attempts to gut financial advice consumer protections even as financial advice regulation has gone into meltdown.

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Government’s support for FOFA repeal looking thinner than ever

The banking cartel is the only remaining supporter of the government’s repeal of FOFA — and its defence is getting increasingly difficult.

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War on kids: budget just latest attack on younger Australians

The federal budget measures targeting young people are just part of a much wider policy attack on younger Australians.

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Why we should continue to tax earnings into retirement

Everyone knows the current superannuation system is unsustainable. But there is a solution, according to a senior superannuation industry lobbyist.

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Super tax lurks deliver the wealthy $35 billion — and rising

The top 5% of taxpayers will enjoy tens of billions in superannuation tax concessions in coming years — and the cost is growing rapidly. But Joe Hockey isn’t interested.

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The vindictive budget: how the fiscal burden is loaded on low-income earners

The burden of reducing the deficit in last night’s budget falls disproportionately on low- and middle-income earners — while companies and high-income earners will come out ahead.

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Keane: Hockey robs from the poor — but not the rich — in first budget

Joe Hockey’s first budget as Treasurer will hurt the poor — not the rich. So what’s the gain from all that pain, asks Crikey’s politics editor from Canberra?

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Rort nation: it’s only a tough budget if you ignore the obvious cuts

There’s billions of dollars in Commonwealth funds going to waste in rorts across superannuation, negative gearing and salary packages. So why is that off limits when the government is looking for savings?

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Who shares the burden in Hockey’s morality play?

Joe Hockey says the burden of repairing the budget will be shared by everyone. His government’s decisions suggest that’s not the case.

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A fairer way to provide pensions (and save the government money)

Australia’s pension and superannuation tax concessions are costing the government billions, with costs continuing to rise. The Australia Institute researchers David Ingles and Richard Denniss argue there is another way to best serve the elderly.

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Pensions, superannuation and the Education of Joe

A debate on changes to the retirement age is welcome, but it’s more complicated than it appears, according to Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. And watch out for vested interests …

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RBA unlikely to be popular at David Murray’s financial inquiry

The RBA’s views on a range of issues are unlikely to be welcome at David Murray’s financial services inquiry. But they’re backed by a key super sector, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Sinodinos’ FOFA repeal looking shaky as critics multiply

What looked in January like a sneaky win for the big banks on financial advice has turned messy for Arthur Sinodinos as more critics of his gutting of the Future of Financial Advice reforms emerge.

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Tips and rumours

Turnbull submits to explosive check … ICT jobs to go in Melbourne … trouble at QSuper? …

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Coalition embraces big bank gouge that even Howard rejected

The Abbott government wants to allow conduct by financial planners that will boost the banks and has long been banned — and which even the Howard government refused to legalise.

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How the age of entitlement is being restored for the Liberals’ friends

Declaring that the age of entitlement is over makes sense as long as voters believe it’s fair. But the government is being anything but.

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