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Four ways to cope with Australia’s ageing population

Australians are living longer, which presents a significant financial problem for the current pension system. Per Capital research fellow Emily Millane looks at four things the government could do to cope.

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Our slumping financial sector, a task for the Murray Inquiry

The declining efficiency of our financial services sector should be a key focus of the federal inquiry headed up by ex-CBA chief David Murray, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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In tough budget times, retirees must take a hit

Big-ticket fiscal reforms that have limited economic impacts are few and far between, a new Grattan Institute report shows. And the ones that exist aren’t politically palatable.

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Coalition changes its self-managed super tune as regulators fret

The concerted warnings by regulators about the over-exposure of the self-managed super sector to property present a significant challenge for the new government, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Explaining Abbott’s double slug on Australian investors

Slugging big, rich ASX-listed companies may have seemed smart three years ago, but targeting millions of shareholders who own them is another thing. Tony Abbott has it wrong on paid parental leave.

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Fantasy budget: Helen Razer’s draught budget, with added p-rn

After a few pints, our resident provocateur is ready to bust a cap in super and prop up the Australian porn industry. It’s another Crikey fantasy budget, with a slight twist …

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Aussie super fund dips a toe into anti-tobacco activism

Why is a tiny Australian superannuation fund trying to influence the way a Norwegian recycling giant does business? Ethical investing is more organised — and more international — than before.

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The slippery and convenient concept of ‘class warfare’

Class warfare” is a confected term sprayed about across the nation’s newspapers of late to shut down policy debate. But funny how it only applies to the rich …

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Essential: Turnbull strikes out on broadband as Gillard stagnates

Labor’s primary vote is starting to recover, but the PM’s personal ratings are not. However, voters aren’t enthused with Malcolm Turnbull’s broadband proposal.

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Richard Farmer chunky bits

Are tax policies really the most effective policy to increase retirement savings? Plus other political issues of the day.

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Labor’s world of super hurt yields … not that much

Labor’s prolonged period of superannuation “crisis” has yielded a worthy but decidedly minimal reform. And it might never happen anyway.

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A super debate over Gillard govt wranglings

Crikey readers weigh in to the issues of the day.

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Crikey Clarifier: we explain the baffling world of super

There’s an almighty row brewing over how superannuation is taxed. What on earth are they talking about? Crikey intern Ben Westcott walks us through how super taxes work and what could change.

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How our super steals from the poor to give to the rich

Super tax concessions are rich people’s welfare, and those protesting against reform are just protecting their own interests. When will a government have the guts to rein in these subsidies for the wealthy?

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Tips and rumours

Your morning tea with John Howard and Albrechtsen … where is Rebekah Brooks? … newspaper chiefs and their high salaries …

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Keane: super is upper-class welfare and a swindle

It’s predictable that media outlets aimed at the wealthy would defend the current superannuation tax rorts, which see the poor boost the retirement savings of the very rich. So why is Simon Crean defending it?

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Ducks in even more trouble than economists

Crikey readers talk economics, the upcoming budget and the tragedy of duck shooting.

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iSentia Index: super struggle for Labor

Labor MPs are sniping over superannuation changes, and the PM is heading to China, no doubt hoping to poll better while she’s gone.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

As the workforce gets more educated, employers are paradoxically wanting fewer and fewer skilled workers. Plus other political issues of the day.

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The strangely malleable legacy of the Hawke-Keating years

Labor figures who now invoke the Hawke-Keating legacy appear to have forgotten what actually happened back then. And if Labor really wants to embrace the H and K era, here’s what they should do on superannuation …

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Tips and rumours

Super junket paving the way for Abbott … dobbing on “Mr Family Values” … yes we Vati-can …

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‘Conflicted remuneration’: government shifts on FOFA reforms

The government has moved to address problems with its FOFA reforms on financial advice, in the process extending the transition period for the financial services industry.

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Unfair, inefficient, expensive: Australia’s superannuation fallout

As we live to older ages Australia’s burgeoning superannuation system is struggling to cope. Generous tax concessions have dubious benefits, Mike Steketee writes at Inside Story.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s coming in superannuation reform

Superannuation is set to be an election battleground with claims and counter-claims of what the government and the Coalition might do. Crikey intern Callum Denness sorts fact from fiction.

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Labor spins its wheels on the mining tax

Both sides are stuck with an expensive superannuation policy that will cost billions in future years, regardless of what happens with the mining tax.

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