Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin
Shadow Minister for Social Services
Shadow Minister for the NDIS
Shadow Minister for Housing
Shadow Minister for Homelessness
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Labor’s Super Changes Risk Retirement Savings


Michael Sukkar, Liberal Candidate for Deakin says Labor must rule out making any retrospective changes to superannuation.

“We can’t allow Julia Gillard to raid the individual retirement savings of residents in Deakin as a way of trying to cover up her budget black hole”, said Mr Sukkar.

“As Simon Crean has said, Labor shouldn’t be dipping into our savings to pay for their spending.

“It makes no sense that people who are doing the right thing and preparing for their retirement are having their savings raided by a government that doesn’t live within its means.

“When I have talked with local nurses, tradies, police officers, coffee shop owners, and local families they tell me they are concerned about a government that feels it can dip its hand into their retirement savings like Pooh Bear dips his paw into the honey pot.

“We all have to put in to our super funds and we do so knowing the rules. To make retrospective changes is to destroy confidence in super. The danger is – if Labor can get away with this once, they will try it again after the election. We can’t let Labor destroy public confidence in super.

“Labor has already cut the amount that can be contributed to super and raised more than $8 billion in revenue from superannuation – and now they are coming back for more.

“The only reason why Labor wants to raid people’s super is because they have lost control of the Budget. Wayne Swan has delivered five deficits and Labor is currently spending almost $100 billion a year more than in the last year of the Howard Government.

“With Labor now paying $7 billion a year in interest on their debt you can be guaranteed that a re-elected Labor government will continue to raid Australians’ superannuation accounts for many years to come.”