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Public wants consensus

A survey by the Office of the Retirement Commissioner shows 85 per cent of people want political consensus on superannuation.

Friday, October 3rd 1997, 12:00AM

by Philip Macalister

The public has lost confidence in politicians' ability to deliver what the overwhelming majority of the electorate wants when it comes to superannuation.
A survey by the Office of the Retirement Commissioner says 85 per cent of people surveyed want a political consensus on superannuation.
That result, plus the enormous defeat of the compulsory scheme proposed in the referendum show that the majority of New Zealanders have a clear picture of what they don't want.
Retirement Commissioner Colin Blair is pushing for political parties to get together and come up a solution.

"Public confidence that we will enjoy stable superannuation policy has been damaged, but it is not irreparable," he says.
"A return to political consensus is vital to give New Zealanders a sense of stability about the future. The accord was a major step forward in 1993. We now need to learn from the experience of the past year and move to put in place a more lasting agreement, with strong public support."
Blair says there is "strong public demand" for consensus on this issue.
He says the areas of difference in retirement income policy aren't so great consensus can't be reached.
"It simply requires political will to achieve it," he says.
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