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Shorten says Coalition super plan particularly affects women

SOME of the nation's lowest paid workers would be hit by a Coalition plan to scrap the low income superannuation contribution, Workplace Minister Bill Shorten warned on Monday.

Mr Shorten was responding to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's recent commitment to scrap the $500 government super contribution, as part of the Coalition's plans to repeal the mining tax.

Mr Shorten said kitchen hands, retail assistants and check-out workers would be hardest hit by such a change.

He said removing the contribution would rake up to $500 from more than 450,000 retail and hospitality workers, with more than half of all food preparation assistants and check-out operators to be affected.

"I'd rather see a $500 boost to the super account of a kitchen hand or a checkout operator or a farm hand than to Tony Abbott's pocket."

Mr Shorten said the $4 billion budget cut would particularly affect women.

"I'm talking about a mum working part-time while they care for young kids being hit with a $500 tax bill for contributing to her superannuation. That's not fair or smart."

The Coalition also opposes the current government's plan to put a 15% tax on superannuation earnings over $100,000 - which could affect about 16,000 high income earners.

Topics:  bill shorten superannuation tony abbott


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