Open for inspections are now once again permitted. It’s great news for Melbourne’s resurgent property market, as it continues to gather momentum into 2021 and rebound from COVID-19. It's also a timely moment to pay tribute to property industry workers and customers alike, and their ability to successfully overcome what’s been a very challenging year for Victorians.
Short-sighted super cut
The Federal Government’s proposed change to concessional taxing of superannuation contributions by high income earners flies in the face of the long-standing message out of Canberra to all workers that they must self-fund their own retirement.
This is a responsibility that most people take very seriously. More tax on super, regardless of who it affects, reduces the incentive to be self-sufficient and ultimately will see more people rely on the public purse in retirement, including some current high earners.
This decision is a poor strategic move on the government’s part and a clumsy way to get the budget back to a modest surplus.
Furthermore, in our view, this initial targeting of the highest income earners is just the beginning. It is only a matter of time before this penalty is extended to those on more moderate incomes.