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16 Sept 2018

REMINDER - NORTHERN MEMBERS FORUM

Dont forget - RSVP by Tues18th September to ensure your place


9 Sept 2018

NORTHERN MEMBERS FORUM

TASS members are invited to attend a Members Forum.

 WHEN: Tuesday25th September 2018, 2:00pm to 3:30 pm

 WHERE: Windsor Community Precinct Meeting Room Riverside

 PRESENTATIONS:

2:00 pm Representatives from the Office of the Superannuation Commission will speak on relevant issues including the Surviving Spouse Process, payment summaries and CPI.

2:40 pm Ross Hart MP Mr Ross Hart MP will speak about making sense of modern politics, disruption in the main political parties and some of the key challenges to be faced in the next 10 to 15 years.

Followed by afternoon tea

 RSVP: By lunchtime Tues18th September

To: Marjorie Bevan, Super-News Editor, Phone 0418 486548, or

June Hazzlewood, Northern Representative Phone 63272562, or

Email info@tass.org.au

 

Insufficient numbers will mean the event may be cancelled so please RSVP asap


31 July 2018

CPI notification delay and Tax Offset reporting change

The RBF Website  has an item regarding two matters of great interest and importance to members -

The information can be found here http://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/retirement-benefits-fund/tools-and-forms/article-library/cpi-notification-delay-and-tax-offset-reporting-change

If you have been wondering about your CPI notification letter, or why the Payment Summary looks different to last year, you should read this item.

Alternatively, you can call RBF on their  Enquiry Line on 1800 622 631 or email them at RBF.enquiries@treasury.tas.gov.au for information.


19 Jan 2017

ACPSRO Media release

Better late than never! Here is the ACPSRO Media Release on the anniversary of the "10% cap" legislation that has so badly affected so many of our members.  You can download the release by clicking here


19 Jan 2017

Reminder - You can receive SUPER-NEWS by email

Members can receive the newsletter by email. A considerable number of members have already taken up this option which will help TASS reduce its printing and mailing costs, and reduce paper usage.

If you haven’t already done so and wish to take advantage of this all you need to do is send an email to supernews@tass.org.au with the words “Super-News – YES” as the subject.


26 Sept 2016

Article by Greg Barns re the unfair treatment of defined benefits pensioners

Here is the link (below) to today's Greg Barns article about the unfair changes affecting many of our members.

Pass it on to your friends and ask them to join TASS so we can strengthen our voice.


Let Government politicians know how unhappy you are and tell them you want this legislation reversed.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/news-story/c8e7c63436d652d083c49b376e455fbe


5 June 2016

Canberra Times Articles

TASS continues to fight hard for it's members. The impact of the Social Services Legislation Amendment - Defined Benefit Income Streams Bill 2015 (the so-called “10% cap legislation”) appears to be exactly as we had predicted; ie targeting the lower income categories and not the "$120k fat cats" as was asserted by the Government. In fact, 60% of defined benefits pensioners affected are on pensions below $30,000 per annum.
It would be very useful if members could lobby and discuss this issue as widely as possible with other voters, and with election candidates; and by contacting media outlets (especially letters to newspapers) to make our case heard as widely as possible.
We thank all of those members who have been doing this during recent months.

These articles in the Canberra Times make interesting reading:

24 May 2016

25 May 2016

26 May 2016


22 April 2016

RBF Unfunded Liability Inquiry

The Legislative Council Government Administration Committee 'A' is conducting an inquiry into the RBF Unfunded Liability.  TASS has made a submission.


20 February 2016

Senate Estimates Questions

At the Senate Estimates Committee meeting (Community Affairs Legislation Committee) on 11 February 2016, Senator Carol Brown asked questions on the impact of the changes to the treatment of income from defined benefit schemes.

The Department were able to provide some high level figures on the impact and have undertaken to provide the Senators more detailed information in writing.

You can read the transcript here.


8 February 2106

Andrew Wilkie MP asks question in Parliament

Here is a link to Andrew’s question and the Minister’s response, as well as Andrew’s statement following the answer.As expected, Minister Porter's response was unfavourable.


4 February 2016

Campaign in full swing

The campaign against the Federal Goverment changes to the Age Pension income test for people with defined benefits pensions is well underway.

ACSPRO, the Australian Council of Public Sector Retiree Organisations , has issued 3 media statements in the past month.  They can be viewed by clicking on the following -

Media Statement 5 January 2016

Media Statement 11 January 2016

Media Statement 2 February 2016


13 January 2016

Campaign in full swing

The campaign against the Federal Goverment changes to the Age Pension income test for people with defined benefits pensions is well underway.

ACSPRO, the Australian Council of Public Sector Retiree Organisations , has issued 2 media statements in recent days.  They can be viewed by clicking on the following -

Media Statement 5 January 2016

Media Statement 11 January 2016


13 January 2016

Press coverage - loss or reduction in Age Pensions for some defined benefits pensioners

Here are some articles from the Canberra times -

Canberra Times 11 January 2016

Canberra Times 6 January 2016