Spotlight on retirement incomes policy

A special, extended joint lunchtime seminar presented by the Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL).



Susan St John, Auckland University

John Daley, Grattan Institute

Angela MacRae, Productivity Commission


Date: Thursday 15 October

Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm

Venue: Father Tuck’s Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick, Fitzroy.

Light refreshments available for a gold coin donation.



11.30      Introduction

Alison McClelland

11.35    The unique New Zealand system for retirement income. Is it too simple or simply genius?

Susan St John

Susan St John is the Retirement Policy and Research Centre director at Auckland University’s business school. Until 2015 Susan taught public economics, macroeconomics and public economics and policy in the Economics Department, where she is now an honorary Associate Professor. Susan has been involved in retirement income policy since the 1980s, contributing to numerous taskforces and working groups. She has published widely in the field. As director of the RPRC she has been involved in studies of the unique New Zealand system that comprises a universal state pension and limited state involvement in the second tier of private provision.

12.05    Targeting superannuation tax breaks

John Daley
John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. CEO of the Grattan Institute since its founding six years ago, John has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, and tax reform. This work is underpinned by themes of the importance of government prioritisation, and the limits to government effectiveness. He has 25 years experience spanning academic, government and corporate roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co and ANZ Bank.

12.25    Superannuation Policy for Post-Retirement – Preservation Age and Lump Sums

Angela MacRae

Angela MacRae BA (Hons), MCom (Hons), FCPA was appointed as a part-time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in March 2007. Throughout her career Angela has worked as an economic consultant with a primary focus on taxation and superannuation issues, and their practical application to the private and public sector. In more recent years she has worked on issues relating to small- to medium-sized businesses and is currently working on a commissioned study into services exports.

12. 45   Discussion/Questions

Please RSVP to [email protected] by 8 October, 2015.

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