Lib Senator: Make SG voluntary for low income earners

Newly-elected NSW Liberal Senator and former Financial Services Council (FSC) policy executive, Andrew Bragg has called for the superannuation guarantee (SG) to be made voluntary for people earning less than $50,000.

Bragg used his maiden speech in the Senate to claim that the superannuation system was not working for Australians and that the industry had not made a case for even bigger super.

“I would change direction,” he said. “Superannuation should be made voluntary for Australians earning under $50,000.”

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In doing so, Bragg pointed to Grattan Institute analysis which claimed that Australians were spending $23 billion a year on energy costs, but $30 billion a year on superannuation fees.

“Superannuation is a classic case of vested interests triumphing over the national interest,” he said. “Fees are too high and there is not enough competition.”

Senator Bragg will be delivering a keynote address at Super Review’s Future of Superannuation event in Melbourne, next month.

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