Pauline Hanson will support super increase
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has thrown her support behind increasing the compulsory superannuation guarantee from the middle of next year.
Her stance presents a challenge to push within the coalition government to defer or abandon the legislated 0.5 per cent rise.
Senator Hanson said the increase should be contingent on the superannuation system remaining fit for purpose.
She asked Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to clarify the purpose of the retirement funding framework.
"If the purpose of superannuation today is to increasingly fund caravan and land cruiser sales, it's succeeding," Senator Hanson said on Tuesday.
"But if the purpose of superannuation is to give workers of today a better, self-funded lifestyle in their twilight years without taking a taxpayer-funded pension, it's failing."
Hanson said an increasing amount of Australians had forgotten the purpose of superannuation and were squandering their retirement savings, defeating the purpose of the scheme.
"While the money belongs to the employee, it wasn't designed to be cashed out as a lump sum and blown, only to leave a person on a government pension for the rest of their lives," she said.
"If we don't re-clarify the purpose of superannuation now, we might as well just give these increases to people through their pay packets."
The Morrison government is considering to backtrack on their election promise to lift the superannuation guarantee to 10 per cent next July.
A few Liberal backbenchers want to cap the guarantee at the current rate of 9.5 per cent.
Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers challenged the theory that increasing super contributions would come at the cost of wages growth.
"They say it's about wages, but if they truly cared about wages they wouldn't have overseen what has been the most stagnant wages of any government ever over the last seven-plus years," he told Sky News.
Labor and Greens support the super increase, so the government will need to rally support from the Senate crossbench in other to can its plans.
One Nation controls two Senate votes, so if Senator Hanson supports the increase, the government must convince all three other crossbenchers.
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