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Bouquets and brickbats: Victorians deliver their verdict on the budget

Bouquets and brickbats: Victorians deliver their verdict on the budget

A cross-section of everyday Victorians share their thoughts on Tuesday’s federal budget, with aged care, childcare and debt dominating the discussion.

  • by David Estcourt

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The electorates where men retire with almost twice as much super as women

The electorates where men retire with almost twice as much super as women

The data has given ammunition to groups pushing for super contributions to be paid on parental leave.

  • by Jennifer Duke
The real budget reforms that could make women’s lives better in retirement

The real budget reforms that could make women’s lives better in retirement

Simply allowing those women who can already save to save more isn’t enough.

  • by Christina Hobbs
Using super for aged care would leave 350,000 without comfortable retirement: Industry Super

Using super for aged care would leave 350,000 without comfortable retirement: Industry Super

Using superannuation to pay for aged care could leave young workers without sufficient retirement savings in a proposal super funds say should be knocked back.

  • by Jennifer Duke
What government can do to reduce super gender gap

What government can do to reduce super gender gap

Reforms to the retirement system are needed if progress is to be made in closing the retirement savings gender gap. Next week’s federal budget could be a good starting point.

  • by John Collett
Two easy budget reforms to improve retirement for women
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Two easy budget reforms to improve retirement for women

There are two easy and cheap reforms that could improve life for older women. But for real change, harder policies are needed.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
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Women must be at heart of this year’s budget

Women must be at heart of this year’s budget

After months of soul-searching about the way women are treated in Australia, including in Parliament, the federal government has a chance next week to show what it can do to improve the lives of half the Australian population.

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Super funds brace for government to get the power to cancel investments it doesn’t like

Super funds brace for government to get the power to cancel investments it doesn’t like

The $3 trillion superannuation sector is bracing for the government to get new powers allowing them to block investments and spending decisions politicians dislike.

  • by Jennifer Duke
Carers, women on maternity leave should receive taxpayer-funded super: Actuaries

Carers, women on maternity leave should receive taxpayer-funded super: Actuaries

Unpaid carers who “provide care the government would otherwise have to pay for” should receive superannuation payments to close the gender retirement gap, analysts say.

  • by Jennifer Duke and Noel Towell
Superannuation reforms hand too much power to politicians, industry says

Superannuation reforms hand too much power to politicians, industry says

The super industry is warning changes to the $3 trillion sector, even with tweaks to benchmark tests, will hand politicians too much control over the funds’ spending.

  • by Jennifer Duke
Superannuation performance tests revamped after funds warn infrastructure investments at risk

Superannuation performance tests revamped after funds warn infrastructure investments at risk

Performance benchmarks to weed out underperforming super funds will be changed after concerns were raised they could put off the sector from investing in long-term projects.

  • by Jennifer Duke