Industry Super Australia has blasted Coalition MPs as rumours circulate that the legislated super increase may be scrapped.
ISA says the move would cost the average couple $150,000 to $200,000 from their retirement and blasted it as a “short-sighted” hit on super that would leave more Australians “languishing” on the pension.
“These MPs are not only out of touch with the community but also with their leadership, who have said time and time again that they support the staged increases in people’s super that are locked in law,” said ISA chief executive Bernie Dean. “The Prime Minister and Treasurer wouldn’t want to risk a generation of Australian workers being dumped on the pension to be their lasting legacy; they know we would all pay for that through higher taxes.”
“Australians overwhelmingly support the rate going up slowly as the key to dignity in retirement, giving the average Australian worker choice and control on how they live their later years.”
ISA accused the MPs of using the “specious argument” that an increase to the super guarantee would come at the expense of wages and rebuked the claim, saying that there is no equal drop in wages when the super guarantee increases. The same argument was used to freeze the guarantee in 2014.
“The claim that because Australia is entering a recession that the [super guarantee] rate must be cut doesn’t hold water either, as there is evidence that following the 1991 recession the rebound in economic growth and employment coincided with an incremental but steady increase in the SG – like what is planned now,” ISA said in a statement.
Senator Jane Hume has already said that the legislated increase in the superannuation guarantee will go ahead on 1 July 2021 despite potentially sweeping industrial relations reforms under the government’s JobMaker scheme.
“It has always been the government’s intention to increase the superannuation guarantee, and we haven’t deviated from that intention or that message,” Ms Hume said. “That said, I would not be surprised if we get a lot of pushback when that goes ahead next year – particularly from the business community, who [understands] that there is a limited amount of money out there to pay employees, and when you increase the superannuation guarantee something has to give.”
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