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senate vote 2013-06-24#11

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:20:56

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  • The majority voted against a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2013-06-24.169.12 motion] to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013.(The text of the proposed amendment can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0 here]. )
  • The amendment was introduced by Liberal Party Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Mathias_Cormann&mpc=Senate&house=senate Mathias Cormann] to address concerns that the Opposition held about the absence of independent directors on industry superannuation fund boards.
  • Someone who voted Aye supported the amendment. The majority voted No so the amendment was unsuccessful.
  • ''Debate in Parliament''
  • Liberal Senator Cormann argued that the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation,(According to the media, the Cooper review recommended [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-05/cooper-super-review-urges-sweeping-changes/892860 "sweeping changes"]. ) which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”.(Read Senator Cormann's contribution [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2013-06-24.166.1 here]. ) He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.
  • The Labor Government did not comment on this amendment.
  • ''Background to the Bill''
  • The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the [http://strongersuper.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=home.htm Stronger Super reforms] announced by the Labor Government in 2010.(More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs here].) It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the [http://www.supersystemreview.gov.au/ Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System] (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.
  • References
  • The majority voted against a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2013-06-24.169.12) to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013.(The text of the proposed amendment can be found [here](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0). )
  • The amendment was introduced by Liberal Party Senator [Mathias Cormann](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Mathias_Cormann&mpc=Senate&house=senate) to address concerns that the Opposition held about the absence of independent directors on industry superannuation fund boards.
  • Someone who voted Aye supported the amendment. The majority voted No so the amendment was unsuccessful.
  • _Debate in Parliament_
  • Liberal Senator Cormann argued that the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation,(According to the media, the Cooper review recommended ["sweeping changes"](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-05/cooper-super-review-urges-sweeping-changes/892860). ) which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”.(Read Senator Cormann's contribution [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2013-06-24.166.1). ) He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.
  • The Labor Government did not comment on this amendment.
  • _Background to the Bill_
  • The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the [Stronger Super reforms](http://strongersuper.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=home.htm) announced by the Labor Government in 2010.(More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [here](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs).) It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the [Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System](http://www.supersystemreview.gov.au/) (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.
  • References
senate vote 2013-06-24#11

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on 2014-10-07 16:16:51

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  • The majority voted against a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2013-06-24.169.12 motion] to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013.[1]
  • The majority voted against a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2013-06-24.169.12 motion] to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013.(The text of the proposed amendment can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0 here]. )
  • The amendment was introduced by Liberal Party Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Mathias_Cormann&mpc=Senate&house=senate Mathias Cormann] to address concerns that the Opposition held about the absence of independent directors on industry superannuation fund boards.
  • Someone who voted Aye supported the amendment. The majority voted No so the amendment was unsuccessful.
  • ''Debate in Parliament''
  • Liberal Senator Cormann argued that the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation,[2] which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”.[3] He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.
  • Liberal Senator Cormann argued that the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation,(According to the media, the Cooper review recommended [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-05/cooper-super-review-urges-sweeping-changes/892860 "sweeping changes"]. ) which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”.(Read Senator Cormann's contribution [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2013-06-24.166.1 here]. ) He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.
  • The Labor Government did not comment on this amendment.
  • ''Background to the Bill''
  • The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the [http://strongersuper.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=home.htm Stronger Super reforms] announced by the Labor Government in 2010.[4] It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the [http://www.supersystemreview.gov.au/ Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System] (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.
  • The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the [http://strongersuper.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=home.htm Stronger Super reforms] announced by the Labor Government in 2010.(More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs here].) It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the [http://www.supersystemreview.gov.au/ Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System] (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.
  • References
  • * [1] The text of the proposed amendment can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0 here].
  • * [2] According to the media, the Cooper review recommended [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-05/cooper-super-review-urges-sweeping-changes/892860 "sweeping changes"].
  • * [3] Read Senator Cormann's contribution [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2013-06-24.166.1 here].
  • * [4] More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs here].
senate vote 2013-06-24#11

Edited by mackay

on 2014-02-17 11:56:56

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  • <p>The Aye voters failed to pass a motion to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013. The amendment was introduced by Liberal Party <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Mathias_Cormann&mpc=Senate&house=senate">Senator Mathias Cormann</a> to address concerns that the Opposition held about the absence of independent directors on industry superannuation fund boards.</p>
  • The majority voted against a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2013-06-24.169.12 motion] to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013.[1]
  • <p>Someone who voted Aye supported the amendment. The majority voted No so the amendment was unsuccessful.</p>
  • The amendment was introduced by Liberal Party Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Mathias_Cormann&mpc=Senate&house=senate Mathias Cormann] to address concerns that the Opposition held about the absence of independent directors on industry superannuation fund boards.
  • <p><b>Debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • Someone who voted Aye supported the amendment. The majority voted No so the amendment was unsuccessful.
  • <p>Liberal Senator Cormann <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansards%2F70ac34e4-7be0-4e97-b879-74b4286624bd%2F0224;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2F70ac34e4-7be0-4e97-b879-74b4286624bd%2F0000%22">argued that</a> the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation, which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”. He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.</p>
  • ''Debate in Parliament''
  • <p>The Labor Government did not comment on this amendment.</p>
  • Liberal Senator Cormann argued that the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation,[2] which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”.[3] He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.
  • <p><b>Background to the Bill</b></p>
  • The Labor Government did not comment on this amendment.
  • <p>The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the Stronger Super reforms announced by the Labor Government in 2010. It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.</p>
  • ''Background to the Bill''
  • <p>More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs">here</a>. The text of the proposed amendment can be found <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0">here</a>.</p>
  • The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the [http://strongersuper.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=home.htm Stronger Super reforms] announced by the Labor Government in 2010.[4] It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the [http://www.supersystemreview.gov.au/ Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System] (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.
  • <p>As a result of the Coalition’s election in 2013, it is possible that changes will be made to the constitution of superannuation fund boards.</p>
  • References
  • * [1] The text of the proposed amendment can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0 here].
  • * [2] According to the media, the Cooper review recommended [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-05/cooper-super-review-urges-sweeping-changes/892860 "sweeping changes"].
  • * [3] Read Senator Cormann's contribution [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2013-06-24.166.1 here].
  • * [4] More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs here].
senate vote 2013-06-24#11

Edited by mackay

on 2013-09-27 15:01:24

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  • Bills — Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013, Superannuation Laws Amendment (Mysuper Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Measures) Bill 2013, Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Increased Concessional Contributions Cap and Other Measures) Bill 2013, Superannuation (Sustaining the Superannuation Contribution Concession) Imposition Bill 2013; Second Reading
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Independent directors

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  • <p class="speaker">Mathias Cormann</p>
  • <p>I rise to speak on the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013 and related bills. The handling of superannuation policy and legislation by the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments has been nothing short of disgraceful. As I travel around Australia and speak to Australians saving for their retirement&#8212;Australians working hard, trying to do the right thing to get themselves in a position to be able to look after their own needs in retirement so that they do not have to be a burden on the public purse by having to rely on the aged pension&#8212;they invariably complain to me about the constant chopping and changing and the constant chaos in the way this Labor government has approached superannuation laws. Remember, in the lead-up to the 2007 election the then opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, said that there would be no change to superannuation&#8212;not one jot, not one tittle, he said.</p>
  • <p>But since then, between then Prime Minister Rudd and current Prime Minister Gillard, they have imposed almost $9 billion of additional taxes on people's retirement savings&#8212;almost $9 billion of additional taxes to plug their budget black hole, which is coming straight out of people's retirement savings. They promised no change but of course this dishonest government immediately, in its first budget, slashed concessional contribution caps from $100,000 for people over 50, over time, to just $25,000. And right now concessional contribution caps across the board are down to $25,000&#8212;which means in practice that any Australian who wants to save more than $25,000 towards their retirement has to pay top marginal tax on that 46&#189; per cent. Why would anyone agree to lock more than $25,000 a year into their superannuation if they have to pay more tax than they might have to pay on their take-home pay?</p>
  • <p>The Aye voters failed to pass a motion to amend the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013. The amendment was introduced by Liberal Party <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Mathias_Cormann&mpc=Senate&house=senate">Senator Mathias Cormann</a> to address concerns that the Opposition held about the absence of independent directors on industry superannuation fund boards.</p>
  • <p>Someone who voted Aye supported the amendment. The majority voted No so the amendment was unsuccessful.</p>
  • <p><b>Debate in Parliament</b></p>
  • <p>Liberal Senator Cormann <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansards%2F70ac34e4-7be0-4e97-b879-74b4286624bd%2F0224;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2F70ac34e4-7be0-4e97-b879-74b4286624bd%2F0000%22">argued that</a> the amendment was based on a recommendation made by the Cooper Review into superannuation, which was that at least one third of directors on industry superannuation fund boards should be independent directors. This would replace the current equal representation model, which Senator Cormann described as a “cosy arrangement with union representatives in charge and employer representatives making up the numbers”. He said that independent directors were important because they are not limited by union or employer interests and so can offer a dispassionate view. The Opposition accused the Government of not following this Cooper Review recommendation because of pressure from the union movement.</p>
  • <p>The Labor Government did not comment on this amendment.</p>
  • <p><b>Background to the Bill</b></p>
  • <p>The Bill is the fourth and final legislative bundle implementing the Stronger Super reforms announced by the Labor Government in 2010. It introduces a number of corporate governance measures that arose out of the Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia’s Superannuation System (known as the Cooper Review) and the Government’s own consultations with industry, employer and consumer groups.</p>
  • <p>More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr4948%22#billsdgs">here</a>. The text of the proposed amendment can be found <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Famend%2Fr4948_amend_b6efe8fa-9551-4f9b-9c14-f2e141649941%22;rec=0">here</a>.</p>
  • <p>As a result of the Coalition’s election in 2013, it is possible that changes will be made to the constitution of superannuation fund boards.</p>
  • <p>So, we have had the increased taxes because this is a government that has fundamentally mismanaged the budget. They have spent $220 billion more than they have raised in revenue, even though they have benefited from the best terms of trade in 140 years, because they spent too much. And people across Australia&#8212;doing the right thing, working hard, saving for their retirement&#8212;have been asked to pay the price. But increased taxes were not enough. The government also had to impose massive regulatory change without going through proper process, without trying to test the cost-benefit equation and without making sure that the additional cost that is ultimately imposed on people saving for their retirement delivers a proportionate benefit. Conservative estimates across the industry are that the increased red tape imposed by the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments will cost about $1&#189; billion just to implement and many hundreds of millions of dollars in additional compliance costs year in year out, which will come straight out of people's retirement savings and superannuation accounts.</p>
  • <p>And here we are: for the last three years the government has said, 'We're going to legislate the regulatory framework for those Australians who do not make active choices in relation to their superannuation'&#8212;legislate the consumer protection framework for those Australians who find themselves in default super arrangements&#8212;'we're going to call it MySuper, and it's going to come into effect on 1 July 2013.' Guess what? 1 July 2013 is less than a week away. And here we are dealing with the fourth tranche of the so-called MySuper bills in relation to legislation that is supposed to come into effect and be implemented in less than a week from now, and major businesses across Australia that are looking after people's retirement savings are expected to comply from day one.</p>
  • <p>It is incompetence writ large, but that is what we have become used to with this government. Over the last three years particularly, under the leadership of the current Prime Minister and with the current minister for superannuation, this government has been chaotic, dysfunctional, divided and fundamentally incompetent. People across Australia are on the receiving end of all of that dysfunction, division and incompetence. Not only do people have to pay more tax when they were promised no change and no increases in tax, they also have to pay higher fees as a result of all of the chopping and changing and the additional red tape that the government has imposed without going through a proper cost-benefit analysis or proper regulatory impact assessments.</p>
  • <p>Because of the truncated nature of the way in which this legislation has been dealt with&#8212;because of the government's running so hard into the wind&#8212;businesses across Australia are exposed to higher costs than they would have been if the government had handled this legislation competently and professionally. We have a minister for superannuation who is so distracted from his portfolio that he cannot possibly focus on what needs to be done to ensure a proper and orderly process. If Minister Shorten were as focused on his superannuation portfolio as he is on his other extracurricular activities, he would have done much better for people across Australia saving for their retirement.</p>
  • <p>In 2007, people were promised no change, but the government slashed concessional contribution caps from $100,000 down to $25,000 and progressively slashed the superannuation co-contribution benefits for low-income earners from $1,500 for every $1,000 saved down to just $500 for every $1,000 saved&#8212;saving about $3.3 billion in the process at the expense of low-income earners. In the lead-up to the 2010 election we had another pre-election lie from this government. We now have, in this bill, another broken promise from a Gillard Labor government which clearly cannot be trusted. In the lead-up to the last election, we were told that the concessional contribution cap for people over 50 with super balances of less than half a million dollars would be increased to $50,000 from 1 July 2013. Actually, it was initially to be from 1 July 2012, but that was deferred. Now, instead of getting an increase to $50,000 for people over 50, as promised, we are getting an increase to just $35,000 for people over 60 from 1 July 2013&#8212;not to $50,000 but just to $35,000.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Honourable Senator</p>
  • <p>An honourable senator interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p class='motion-notice motion-notice-truncated'>Long debate text truncated.</p>