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Ageing and the participation rate: an update

November 24, 2013 - 12:54 -- Admin

After reaching an all-time high of 65.8% in November 2010, the proportion of people aged 15+ who are either in work or actively looking for work has declined sharply, hitting 64.8% in October this year. An important question for policy makers is this: is the participation rate declining because people are being discouraged from looking for work, or is it declining as a natural consequence of the ageing of the population?

A tale of two tax increases

October 24, 2013 - 12:59 -- Admin

There are two alternative proposals to increase the tax on superannuation contributions.

  1. The first proposal would raise the tax on superannuation contributions paid by the 128 000 highest-income Australians by 15 percentage points.
  2. The second would increase the tax on super contributions paid by the 3.6 million lowest-paid workers by 15 percentage points.

Which of these proposals would you describe as ‘class war’?