Altruism is a truly admirable quality.
It’s particularly virtuous when it is performed anonymously and without any expectation of recognition or thanks.
Other forms of altruism also have virtue but perhaps we could agree a scale of righteousness depending on the motivation and other aspects of the charitable act?
Let’s score it on a 1 to 10 scale; 10 being the most virtuous and 1 being the least virtuous type of altruism.
Where do we think donating $400m of somebody else’s money to somebody else sits on that scale?
“This isn’t fair and it’s contributing to the growing superannuation gap between men and women,” he (Bill Shorten) said.
“Superannuation paid on parental leave is an investment in a better and fairer retirement for Australian women.”
An “investment”? By who? What’s the ROI?
Fairer? By what definition?
Whenever an Australian politician uses the word “fair”, it’s a safe assumption that someone’s wallet is about to be raided.
Curiously, this crudely political move might backfire on the Australian Labor Party; there’s no hint that the gift will be retrospective, so people who have been on parental leave in the past will not have their pension fund topped up. That might generate just a teeny bit of resentment.
If that describes you, here’s an idea; once the legislation is passed, lodge a claim in the Local Small Claims Court. The threshold there is $10,000. If you took 6 months maternity leave from a $150,000 per annum salaried job, the 9.5% superannuation contribution would be within that court’s purview.
It’s worth a punt.
Lastly, our favourite lesson on the four ways to spend money. Take it away, Milton;