4 May 2017 Robert Gottliebsen, The Austrlian Business Review... Let’s hope that Treasurer Scott Morrison stays well away from superannuation changes in next week’s budget. Last year’s changes were a complete botch because the people around him on superannuation matters do not understand the industry.

24 November 2016 – Jennifer Hewett, Australian Financial Review… A rare show of bipartisanship has broken out in Canberra. Unfortunately, it just means a big bipartisan mistake. But given the enormous long-term costs of that mistake will only become obvious many years hence, it's little wonder Scott Morrison and Kelly O'Dwyer are delighted their superannuation changes have passed the Parliament.

22 November 2016 – Professor Judith Sloan – The Australian … The drafting of the legislation is all over the shop, bringing in new accounting concepts never used previously in superannuation tax law and the deadlines are unworkable. The compliance costs for superannuants are immense, even for those who won’t be caught in the first instance.

25 October 2016 – Professor Judith Sloan The Australian … There is really no difference between the Gillard and Turnbull governments when it comes to implementing hasty and ill-judged policies and wasting money.

3 October – Robert Gottliebsen, The Australian Business Review... The “ten million dollar club” of top Australian public servants has struck again by preserving most of the gold plating in their pension nest while the rest of Australia suffers benefit cut backs and/or extra taxes.

21 September 2016 – Robert GottliebsenThe Australian… Around the world public servants in collaboration with their actuarial mates have been misleading politicians about the real cost of the bonanza pension schemes they have been promised. Nowhere has the game been played better than in Australia.
 
17 September 2016 – Judith SloanThe Australian…The biggest take-home message is that the Coalition can never be trusted on superannuation. Its leaders say one thing and do another, trying to out-Labor the ALP when it comes to imposing higher taxes on savers who are seeking to provide for their retirement.

13 September 2016 – Rebecca WeisserThe Australian... The government’s modelling shows everyone from the third income decile up — that is, 70 per cent of the population — is worse off under its new retirement system.

13 September 2016 – Professor Judith SloanThe Australian... Scott Morrison and Kelly O’Dwyer may well regret ever hearing the word superannuation. Having experienced a rush of blood to their heads and working on the basis of misleading and deceptive advice given to them by activist bureaucrats, they now find themselves in a right royal pickle.

12 September 2016 – Professor Henry ErgasThe Australian... There is a fundamental defect in the government’s superannuation proposals that has been entirely overlooked. Instead of growing in line with average earnings, the $1.6 million “transfer balance” cap is only indexed to consumer prices.

9 Sept 2016 John Roskam, Australian Financial Review...  Expressing the objective of superannuation in the way the government proposes is to put tax and financial consideration at the centre of superannuation policy. Instead, the starting point should be the inherent dignity of individuals taking personal responsibility for the care of themselves in retirement.

1 Sept 2016 – Noel Whittaker in Cuffelinks… If we can believe the rumours, Federal Cabinet is busy working on ways to make its proposed superannuation policies more palatable. It may be a challenging task: at first glance, the Budget 2016 policies seem inconsistent and lacking in logic.

27 Aug 2016 - Robert Gottliebsen in The Australian... Thanks to what Scott Morrison and his feathered public servant advisers have done to people's super, the family home is being turned into a super fund...another strong housing price rise will follow.

27 Aug 2016 - Grace Collier in The Australian... People who aim to fund their own retirement are not angry about having to pay more tax. These people are well accustomed to paYing for everyone else; they have done it all their lives. TheY are angry because they have been lied to by Morrision...in mY opinion the man is dangerous and not fit to be Treasurer.

24 Aug 2016 - Robert Gottliebsen in The Australian... The public servants' defined benefit superannuation scheme has become one of the greatest scandals in the nation...

23 Aug 2016 - Judith Sloan in The Australian... Scott Morrison has embarked on the unusual task of trying to persuade fellow members of his own party in parliament to support his superannuation proposals announced at budget time.

20 Aug 2016 - Grace Collier in The Australian... I am told that before the election, Cabinet simply waved the policy through simply because nobody understood it and time constraints were pressing.

20 July 2016 – Janet Albrechtsen in The Australian... The story of how the Turnbull government stitched up the poorest policy by a Liberal government in decades is told in one short letter to The Australian from a former Treasury official and an explosive email sent to the Liberal Party campaign director by a party donor.

13 July 2016 - Glenda Korporaal in Business Spectator … The proposed changes were not the result of a detailed, thoughtful review of the super system but an overnight election eve attempt to claw back more revenue on the basis that those most affected would be rusted on conservative voters who had nowhere else to go.

13 July 2016 - Professor Judith Sloan in The Australian… It’s hardly surprising that Bill Shorten has agreed to pass most of the government’s budget changes to superannuation, subject to an independent review that assesses whether some of them are retrospective.

28 June 2016 - Judith Sloan in The Australian… Superannuation is one policy area that means a lot to certain people, particularly those in retirement and those heading for retirement. It is a potential vote-changer.

6 June 2016 - Robert Gottliebsen in Business Spectator… Some in the ALP camp shared a small champagne over the weekend in celebration over Malcolm Turnbull’s declaration that there will be no changes to the superannuation policies announced in the budget.

2 June 2016 - Judith Sloan in The Australian … Changes to superannuation announced in the budget are just a bunch of ill-considered, over-engineered thought bubbles.  It was absolute political madness to announce them going into an election. The government will stick with them at its peril.

1 June 2016 - Jennifer Hewitt in the Financial Review … Malcolm Turnbull won't be happy his enthusiasm about an economy in transition is being overwhelmed by arguments about "transition to retirement" and the government's other changes to superannuation.

30 May 2016 - Paul Batchelor (former CEO of AMP) in The Australian ... The Coalition in 2006 encouraged aspirational Australians to build a comfortable nest egg for their retirement. Now in 2016 we have a Coalition government introducing a retrospective tax that penalises those that trusted government policy and did as encouraged, built their retirement savings through superannuation.

18 May 2016 - Jennifer Hewitt in the Financial Review … "I think people could start drawing the conclusion it is not a very safe investment," Costello said of super. "And by the way, it isn't. It is locked up for 40 years but apparently it is not locked up against the government.”

13 July 2016 - Professor Judith Sloan in The Australian… It’s hardly surprising that Bill Shorten has agreed to pass most of the government’s budget changes to superannuation, subject to an independent review that assesses whether some of them are retrospective.

2 June 2016 - Judith Sloan in The Australian … Changes to superannuation announced in the budget are just a bunch of ill-considered, over-engineered thought bubbles.  It was absolute political madness to announce them going into an election. The government will stick with them at its peril.

1 June 2016 - Jennifer Hewitt in the Financial Review … Malcolm Turnbull won't be happy his enthusiasm about an economy in transition is being overwhelmed by arguments about "transition to retirement" and the government's other changes to superannuation.

30 May 2016 - Paul Batchelor (former CEO of AMP) in The Australian... The Coalition in 2006 encouraged aspirational Australians to build a comfortable nest egg for their retirement. Now in 2016 we have a Coalition government introducing a retrospective tax that penalises those that trusted government policy and did as encouraged, built their retirement savings through superannuation.

18 May 2016 - Jennifer Hewitt in the Financial Review … "I think people could start drawing the conclusion it is not a very safe investment," Costello said of super. "And by the way, it isn't. It is locked up for 40 years but apparently it is not locked up against the government.”

18 May 2016 - Glenda Korporaal in The Australian… Australia’s superannuation system as we know it — the system that has delivered a $2 trillion savings pool, projected to rise to $4 trillion in 10 years and $9 trillion in 20 years - is now coming to an end.

14 May 2016 - Terry McCrann in The Australian… The government’s — rather importantly, proposed — changes to superannuation are not retrospective. To claim they are requires a suspension of reason or a simple failure to understand the meaning of the word.

14 May 2016 - Janet Albrechtsen in The Australian… During this first week of the election campaign, Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers have lined up day in, day out to swear that the superannuation changes are most definitely not retrospective. That’s the first clue that retrospective laws are wicked.

12 May 2016 - Graham Hand in Cuffelinks... ‘Retrospective’ has become the riskiest word in the election campaign. It’s easy not to take sides in the superannuation retrospectivity debate because both major political parties are obfuscating. In recent months, both have explained what ‘retrospective’ really means, and the policies of both meet their own definitions.

11 May 2016 - Glenda Korporaal in The Australian... There is a bizarre Alice in Wonderland feel to the political debate on superannuation with the Labor Party sounding like the Liberal Party and the Coalition having to cope with accusations of retrospective taxation as result of its sudden, sweeping “soak the rich” strategy on super.

9 May 2016 - Professor Henry Ergas in The Australian... In theory, putting your jewels in a safe protects them from theft. In practice, thieves know safes are where the jewels are kept. And if the thief has a key, you’re in ­trouble. That, in a nutshell, is the story of super. There are, no doubt, many twists in the saga; but all the latest episode confirms is that when they are desperate for cash, governments can be trusted to breach whatever trust we have placed in them.

7 December 2015 - Professor Henry Ergas in The Australian… we tax the person who saves for his or her own retirement more heavily than the person who does not…middle-class Australians are far more exposed to financial risk, including that which comes from uncertainty about longevity, than their equivalents in other countries, where defined-benefit pensions generally remain an important part of retirement incomes.

15 October 2015 - Andrew Main in the Australian Business Review... International consultant Mercer has warned the federal government that any move to cut back tax concessions to the bulk of superannuation savers risks adding to the government’s age pension bill in the future.

27 September 2015 - Robert Carling Super tax breaks; don't distort the system any further... The bandwagon in favour of higher taxes on superannuation is gaining both passengers and momentum – as was clear at the AFR Tax Reform Summit. Like all bandwagons, however, this one has taken on a life of its own, unconnected to the merits of the case. Superannuation tax hikes seem destined to serve as a sacrificial offering to the gods of revenue and fairness in any grand tax reform bargain.

9 June 2015 - Professor Judith Sloan in The Australian – Spurious debates often trump facts in super debate...  It’s a good line. You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. But when it comes to superannuation, many commentators either prefer to ignore the facts or claim spurious estimates of future tax concessions are facts which they are not.

28 April 2015 - Peter Costello in the Daily Telegraph – Labor’s tax delusion... There are a lot of people in Australia who don’t pay tax. Does that shock you? Well, it shouldn’t because that’s the way our tax system is designed.

23 February 2015 - Jennifer Hewitt in the Australian Financial Review – ‘Unfair’ super tax breaks back on agenda to save budget... “Here we go again…superannuation tax concessions are back as the favourite target for a budget in trouble. In a rancorous political climate, this seems to be the one area of furious agreement - that such tax breaks are inherently unfair".

19 February 2015 - Robert Carling, Centre for Independent Studies, in the Australian Financial Review... Rorts for the rich are a myth “We need an informed and balanced debate, not a one-sided debate wrapped in dodgy data and the new politics of inequality.”