Age Pension

Why Social Policy Counts

Peter Fisher, Treasury under-secretary in George W. Bush’s administration, once memorably described the US government as “a gigantic insurance company (with a sideline business in national defense… Read More ›

What is Superannuation?

What is superannuation? What is its purpose? Survey a group of people on these questions and you’re likely to get as many answers as there… Read More ›

Why Do Australians Participate (Or Not Participate) in Voluntary Savings in Superannuation?

Changes to superannuation guarantee have yet again been included in the 2018 Federal Budget. Since the introduction of the superannuation guarantee over a quarter of… Read More ›

Budget Forum 2018: Superannuation and Pension Changes in the Budget 2018-19

The retirement income changes contained in the 2018-19 Budget continue the recent pattern of light touch measures that steer clear of structural reform. The 2016-17… Read More ›

From Basic Income to Poor Law and Back Again – Part 3: Renewing the Social Minimum

In Part 1 of this series on Basic Income, we travelled back in time to England on the eve of the industrial revolution in search… Read More ›

Towards a Self-Funded Retirement: The Challenges for Superannuation Policy

The Turnbull government is legislating a new objective for superannuation “to provide income in retirement to substitute or supplement the Age Pension”. Twenty-five years after… Read More ›