Labour’s Super desperation

National Super costs ands eligibility age are important issues that need widespread debate and cross party agreement. Throwing an attention seeking bid into the middle of a campaign in an attempt to rescue an election is politics at it’s worst.

This is far too important an issue to bundle it in with a bunch of election lollipops.

And it’s the wrong approach – just putting up the age of elegibility to 67 severely disadvantages groups people (eg Maori men, diabetics) with life expectancies in the sixties, this squeezes them out of prospects for a reasonable (or any) retirement period.

United Future Flexisuper addresses this by offering choice – start on National anywhere between 60 and 70.

At the very least we should have a decent debate on this. Slipping it in to a bundle of election carrots is not the way to do that.