AUSTRALIA - Treasury secretary Ken Henry has launched a discussion paper on Australia's Future Tax System (AFTS), as part of a review which will also examine the adequacy of pensions and retirement incomes.
As part of that review, an investigation will be conducted into measures to strengthen the financial security of seniors, carers and people with disability.
Treasurer Wayne Swan commented: "Long term reform of our tax and welfare systems is a key way to secure our economic foundations for the future, create wealth, spread opportunity and reward working Australians.
"The AFTS Review will play a vital role in modernising Australia's economy to meet the great economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
"Meeting these future challenges - like climate change, the ageing population, new technologies and rapid globalisation - will require a tax system that is as fair and efficient as possible and the AFTS Review will help achieve that goal."
The Review Panel, which will provide a final report to the treasurer by the end of 2009 has invited submissions. The discussion paper is available at www.taxreview.treasury.gov.au.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have launched a refreshed ScamSmart campaign to warn savers about unsolicited pension communications.
Ann Harris OBE and Mike Dailly have been appointed non-executive directors at the upcoming single financial guidance body (SFGB).
Pension schemes are "placing too much focus" on a narrow section of the private debt market where competition is driving down "compelling opportunities", according to Willis Towers Watson.
Barnett Waddingham's head of business development Adrian Cooper has left the consultancy to join TPT Retirement Solutions in a newly-created role.