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Retirement age, employment and age pensions



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M E D I A R E L E A S E Hh.

SENATOR T O N Y MESSNER SHADO W MINISTERFORCOMMUNITYSERVICES

THE SENATE

RETIREMENT AGE, EMPLOYMENT AND AGE PENSIONS

The NSW Equal Opportunity Tribunal decision on working age for women demonstrated the need for flexible retirement arrangements

for employment as well as access to age pensions.

Senator Tony Messner - the Shadow Minister for Community Services - said that there was increasing community dissatisfaction

with the present 60/65 arrangements.

"In the past this has taken the form of a demand from men -for access to age pensions at age 60 - the age that women currently

become eligible for pensions."

"This and the demand for a common retirement age at either 62h or 63 was a feature of submissions to the Senate's enquiry into

Australia's retirement income system."

"The Anstee case in NSW adds a new element to the debate with - the demand not for access to the age pension but to continued

employment."

"Ideally there should be no bar to anyone - male or female -

continuing their productive working careers."

"The arbitrary termination termination of employment due to the attainment of the current retirement ages without reference to

experience, efficiency and productivity is absurd.

"It needs to be remembered that the retirement age has not always been fixed at 60/65 but has been fluid and cases have been made that, due to the increased longevity of the community, there

should be an increase in the current ages."

Senator Messner said that the current reform of the social welfare system in Britain included flexible retirement ages. . . /2

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"They have proposed a 'Decade of Retirement1 between the ages of 60 and 70 people having the option to retire at any point within that range and receive an adjusted pension."

"There would be no set set pension age as such: people would get permanently lower or higher pensions according to whether they retired, early or late in the decade."

"Such proposals ought to be considered by government in Australia with particular attention to their cost,"

"However, Australians ought to be allowed to continue to work for as long as they like and are able."

ADELAIDE 19 JULY 1985

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