OPINION: Double standards

THE theft of $2.75 billion by employers from over 65,000 workers via non-payment of superannuation contributions only gets a small space in the middle of the newspapers.

If the workers had stolen that amount or even much less from their bosses, it would be in blazing headlines and on prime-time TV.

The workers would be hauled before the courts and jailed or heavily fined and lose their jobs, while the employers are only asked to make the payments and rarely if ever penalised by the courts.

To make matters worse, most of these unscrupulous bosses contrive to keep their ill-gotten gains and not make the payments at all.

If governments are really concerned about the inter-generational problems and paying pensions, they must start making employers meet their legal obligations and severely penalise those who fail to do the right thing by their employees.

The affected employees usually are low paid and often do not even realise they are being robbed of a reasonable retirement.

A Royal Commission has been called on several matters that are of smaller public interest than this scandalous rip-off, and would be welcomed by the victims.

MAX TANZER

Elliott Heads



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