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Taylor slams Jones, says he is making access to advice harder

The opposition isn’t holding back, accusing Jones and Labor of creating an even bigger mess than the one they swore to fix.

The Coalition has labelled the first tranche of the government’s legislation in response to the Quality of Advice Review (QAR) an “embarrassing blunder” following the Joint Association Working Group (JAWG) earlier on Monday urging the government to act swiftly to clean up the “hot mess”.

In a joint statement from shadow treasurer Angus Taylor and shadow financial services minister Luke Howarth, the opposition said the government is “scrambling to redraft [the legislation] because it would have forced insurance brokers to overhaul their entire business model”.

“Financial advisers are today warning that it will add red tape and drive up costs for customers because it requires superannuation trustees to check every piece of advice given to members,” the statement said.

“This is the consequence of a government that is asleep at the wheel.”

The shadow ministers also noted the delays that have hit the QAR response, saying it has taken a “staggering 16 months to begin responding to the review, with no timeline still for a full legislative response”.

“Despite the delay, it’s clear that instead of using that time to draft considered legislation, the government has failed to get the basics right, creating more problems than solutions,” the statement said.


Taylor said the government’s failure to progress meaningful reforms are creating an Australia that is “underbanked, underinsured and under advised”.

“The Albanese Labor government was handed a considered and timely review by Ms Michelle Levy that would have provided a safer, simpler and cheaper financial advice to all Australians,” he said.

“Instead, the government has been dragged kicking and screaming to respond to what should be a seminal productivity roadmap for our finance advice sector.

“Unsurprisingly, the first tranche of the legislation is riddled with errors that put other vital measures in the bill at risk.

“Labor just can’t help itself. Stephen Jones is making access to advice harder, at a time Australians are crying out for affordable financial advice.”

According to Howarth, the QAR legislation has proven that Financial Services Minister Stephen Jones is “out of touch and out of depth”.

“At a time when it has never been more important for Australians to have access to quality financial advice, the proposed Treasury Laws Amendment (Delivery Better Financial Outcomes and Other Measures) Bill 2024, as it currently sits, will make financial advice more inaccessible and expensive,” he said.

“The only thing the Assistant Treasurer has successfully delivered in his scrambled legislation is confusion and chaos.

“Industry players have been crying out for reform, only to have their concerns met with deaf ears. They are rightly angry.

“The government must act to immediately fix its mess. It’s time Stephen Jones steps up or steps aside.”