How superannuation fails women

Death_to_stock_photography_Vibrant (4 of 10Generous tax benefits for superannuation and limited controls on contributions both magnify how the system works against women, researchers at Curtin University have told the Senate inquiry into economic security for women in retirement.

High-income earners and people with flexible assets that can be moved into super benefit from the structure of superannuation, say researchers from Curtin’s Women in Social and Economic Research (WISER) unit.

“Because women are underrepresented in these groups, they receive a relative small share of the benefits of the increasingly large tax expenditures on superannuation.”

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