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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7814

Senator FERRIS (South Australia) (9.35 a.m.)—At the request of Senator Watson, I move:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Select Committee on Superannuation for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2003:

Planning for retirement.

(2) That in conducting the inquiry the committee examine, in particular:

(a) the effects of ageing on workers' productivity;

(b) the continuing relevance of the concept of a fixed retirement age;

(c) the potential to encourage progressive transitions from work to retirement, including through possible new benefit access and contribution arrangements, and part-time work;

(d) any scope for older workers to access their superannuation to finance retraining to continue work that is more suitable for older people;

(e) ways to assist older workers plan for their retirement;

(f) the short- and long-term effect on the Budget of any proposals for change; and

(g) any issues for the federal or state workplace relations systems

Question agreed to.