Griffith women and lower income workers will benefit from new measures to increase their superannuation balances with a Shorten Labor Government investing $400 million to help close the super gap.
On average, women retire with $113,000 less in their super than men – 40 percent less.
Labor believes that no Australian should be penalised for taking time out of paid work to have children.
That is why we will ensure that Griffith recipients of Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay payments continue to receive super contributions.
This will mean that new mums and dads who access government paid parental leave won’t have their super put on hold while they access the scheme.
Labor will also phase out the $450 minimum monthly income threshold for eligibility for the superannuation guarantee – helping people who work part-time, casual and in multiple low‑paid jobs to increase their super balances.
MEMBER for Griffith said that universal, compulsory super is one of Labor’s greatest achievements, and today’s announcements will build on this record.
“This is a complex issue. While today’s measures won’t end the problem, they will help reduce the inequity in the system,” said Ms Butler.
“This is great news for anyone in Griffith who will access the government paid parental leave scheme, and will help get our super system working more effectively for women.
“This is important - by the time they are 60, 34 per cent of single women in Australia live in poverty.
“Today’s announcement is an investment in helping people have more financial security and a better retirement.”
In contrast, the Liberals have a pathetic record on superannuation and have undermined it at every turn. The Liberals voted against the introduction of universal, compulsory superannuation, and subsequently voted against all of the increases to the superannuation guarantee.
A Shorten Labor Government will not only protect super, but take these important steps to ensure that Australian women benefit from a better and fairer superannuation system.
THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018
For 13 years, Youngcare has been fighting to make a difference to the lives of young people with high care needs and their loved ones who care for them. However, there are still too many young Australians being left behind in, or facing the prospect of inappropriate housing.
As you may have constituents in your electorate with high care needs at risk of entering inappropriate housing, I would like to take this opportunity to bring this round of funding to your attention and to invite you to forward this information on to interested families and their service providers.
Applications for Youngcare's At Home Care Grants in Queensland and Northern Territory are closing at 4pm on Wednesday, 12 September 2018!
This grant round has the largest amount of funding we've EVER had, so there is an enormous opportunity to take advantage of. The grants provide one-off funding of up to $10,000 for essential equipment, home modifications and support/respite to enhance the quality of life for young people with high care needs and their carers.
Should you have any questions about the grants, please contact our Youngcare Connect team on 1800 844 727 or email email@example.com.