|Issue No 110||07 September 2001|
Superannuation Warning to Labor
Unions have warned Labor's superannuation spokesman Kelvin Thompson not to tie himself too closely to the policies of the Keating Government.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson has sounded the cautionary note as Thompson outlined his superannuation agenda to the Council this week.
Robertson says superannuation is one area that a Beazley Government could distinguish itself from both the Keating and Howard Administrations.
"I think Labor really needs to look at the compulsory employee contribution requirements and whether this is how workers want their money being used," Robertson says.
He also says the security of superannuation must be an emerging issue to be addressed at a national level in light of the ongoing problems with workers entitlements.
Up for Review
Addressing the Council, Thompson told delegates an incoming Labor Government would institute a review of superannuation.
Issues for consideration would include adequacy of the nine per cent contribution, the complexity of the current system, prudential regulation and the access of superannuation to casual and part-time workers.
Thompson says superannuation policy has been drifting under the Howard Government, whose only agenda has been to attack industry super funds.
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