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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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$600b in voting rights wasted, now unions rally on super funds

The local labour movement is becoming increasingly bullish about how its members’ superannuation money is invested. What happens if more unions start putting their money where their mouths are?

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Tips and rumours

Council apologises for gay sign ban … which pollie is called “Merkin”? … Vanilla Ice strikes in Sydney sign tampering …

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Super rat spills on industry scams, gouging and dirty little secrets

They’ve got a lot of your money — and who knows what they’re doing with it. A superannuation insider with 20 years experience as a trustee and fund manager reveals some of the legal scams that funds use to raid your account.

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Flawed regulations threaten to leave financial industry frozen

Regulations for the government’s key Future of Financial Advice reforms may leave conflicted remuneration-like commissions in place. Bill Shorten is scrambling to plug the hole.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: uni super alarms

There’s a strong suggestion that the defined benefits university superannuation scheme is extremely biased against younger contributors to the fund compared with their colleagues who are closer to retirement age.

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Abstention sends a strong message to both sides

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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Media vultures affect how we see ourselves

Crikey readers have their say.

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Tips and rumours

Bib Brother watches over News? … whispers of more job cuts in the Murdoch empire … new laws obstruct DIY super (and who wants life insurance anyway?) …

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The Power Index: biz directors, Peter Mason at #10

Peter Mason has the superannuation accounts of thousands in his hands. He’s become a kingpin of the financial services industry since the merger of AMP and AXA last year. But Mason, outspoken on issues like Asian experience, faces big challenges on the board of David Jones.

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Tips and rumours

Gillard loyalists turning on McClelland? … what the authorities are telling those on Nauru … does this Senate candidate live in his electorate? …

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That’s not a budget black hole, this is: NSW super blowout

Forget the $1 billion hole in the NSW budget; there’s a $21 billion black hole in the state government’s employee superannuation scheme. And it looks like getting worse.

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The conflict of interest costing super funds a motza

Related party transactions illustrate how conflicts of interest can cost retail super funds millions. A scandal far worse than anything conjured up by critics of industry super looms.

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Labor hopeful of petrol price kick

Petrol prices are on the way down again.

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