The Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services, and Financial Technology, Jane Hume, has hit back at Industry Super Australia (ISA) saying its poll was a “disingenuous media stunt” on Twitter.
ISA’s research claimed up to 40% of applications for the early access to superannuation scheme would be ineligible as they had not actually been adversely financially impacted by COVID-19.
Hume said she was disappointed that ISA was using members’ money to conduct “push-polling in a tawdry attempt to undermine confidence in the early release of super mechanisms” on Twitter.
“At a time when the rest of the industry is working together with struggling Australians, it is sad to see the ISA engaging in disingenuous media stunts that reek of self-interest over national interest," she wrote on the social media platform.
“Many of the funds ISA is paid to represent have been public in their support for these measures, and consistent in that support.”
Hume said early release was designed to help Australians financially affected by COVID-19 and that it was Australian members' own money, and only they could make the decisions that were right for them and their families
“Enough, IndustrySuper. We're all in this together,” she said.