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12 People Who Think Letting Young People Use Super For A House Is A Bad Idea

The government is actively considering allowing first home buyers to access their retirement savings for a deposit on a house.

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1. Labor argues the plan would INCREASE demand and overheat the housing market.

Should young people be able to access superannuation to buy their first home? @Bowenchris is firmly against it… https://t.co/a1kWjqf1fQ

2. In 2015 Malcolm Turnbull was so unimpressed when the concept emerged under then prime minister Tony Abbott, he labelled it a "thoroughly bad idea".

"That is not what the superannuation system is designed to achieve," said Mr Turnbull, who was communications minister at the time.
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"That is not what the superannuation system is designed to achieve," said Mr Turnbull, who was communications minister at the time.

3. Despite backing the concept decades ago, former Labor prime minister Paul Keating now says the government would be "reckless" to mess with superannuation.

"Were the government to proceed with this irresponsible idea, it would potentially destroy superannuation for those, in the main, under 40 years of age, while at the same time, driving up the cost of the housing they are seeking to purchase," Keating wrote recently.
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"Were the government to proceed with this irresponsible idea, it would potentially destroy superannuation for those, in the main, under 40 years of age, while at the same time, driving up the cost of the housing they are seeking to purchase," Keating wrote recently.

4. Independent economist Saul Eslake was no doubt smiling mischievously when he described the proposal as a "thoroughly bad idea".

“History shows that anything which allows Australians to spend more on housing than they otherwise would … results not in more Australians owning houses, but rather in the houses which Australians already own becoming more expensive,” Eslake told SBS News.
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“History shows that anything which allows Australians to spend more on housing than they otherwise would … results not in more Australians owning houses, but rather in the houses which Australians already own becoming more expensive,” Eslake told SBS News.

5. The Greens party called it "atrocious".

"Allowing first home buyers to dip into their super in order to buy a home is an atrocious idea and will likely make things worse for those hoping to purchase a home, and in the long term for people when they retire," Greens spokesperson senator Lee Rhiannon said.
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"Allowing first home buyers to dip into their super in order to buy a home is an atrocious idea and will likely make things worse for those hoping to purchase a home, and in the long term for people when they retire," Greens spokesperson senator Lee Rhiannon said.

6. Independent senator Derryn Hinch said the idea was "crazy".

Hinch argued that it would lead to more people relying on the pension later in life.
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Hinch argued that it would lead to more people relying on the pension later in life.

7. Even the peak body for the property industry was like, no, this is bad.

“[The government] should continue to resist ideas like encouraging the use of superannuation for housing, which will simply create new demand pressures," the Property Council of Australia's Glenn Byers said.
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“[The government] should continue to resist ideas like encouraging the use of superannuation for housing, which will simply create new demand pressures," the Property Council of Australia's Glenn Byers said.

8. A professor at the University of NSW said the idea failed basic first year economics.

Using super to buy housing shifts money directly from young savers to old sellers. Complete own goal. 1st year econ-level stuff. #auspol

9. The Australian's economics correspondent said it was unbelievable.

I frankly can't believe the govt is even considering letting superannuation be used for buying homes. Political system is becoming a menace.

10. Even Nationals backbencher Andrew Broad thought it was a "lazy response".

Using superannuation to address housing affordability for first home buyers is a lazy response to the problem.

11. Liberal senator Anne Ruston said it might "pour a bucket of kerosene on a fire".

Lib Minister @Anne_Ruston agrees with @NickChampionMP letting young people use super for housing could pour "a buck… https://t.co/zKr23OP6QA

12. Former health minister Sussan Ley is also against it.

Young people need their super for retirement, not to try to take pressure off an urban housing bubble, better solved by decentralisation.

The people who are on the record as supporting the idea include Nick Xenophon, Pauline Hanson and a collection of conservative Liberal backbenchers, among them Tony Abbott.

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Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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