March 09, 2017
Super plan ignores wider welfare issues
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says any changes to superannuation need to be considered as part of a wider overhaul of the welfare system.
She says Bill English's announcement the eligibility age for superannuation would rise from 65 to 67 by 2040 amounts to generation x and y being asked to pay for the higher cost of looking after the baby boomer bulge.
It also ignores the structural discrimination against Maori because of lower life expectancy, and the changing nature of work.
"I would rather have a reform of the welfare system, that if we improve the system particularly for workers who are struggling to work in their old occupations, if we had a fair and simple welfare system particularly for those who are 50 and over, we wouldn't need to mess with the super part of it. We could make sure that people who needed extra income support were getting it," Ms Turei says.
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