Raising the age of Superannuation to 67 in 20 odd years is ethically wrong.
For National, they are always focused on destroying and eroding any universal benefit they can seize upon. For them, pushing Super up to 67 is just step 1, means testing it will be step 2.
For Maori, working people, Pacifica and Gen X however, raising the age of eligibility is a slap in the face.
Maori and Pacifica live shorter life spans, working people have broken bodies and Gen X and under are the first generation who will suffer most from obesity and a lack of wealth.
The impact of raising benefits on those who have bugger all is a special kind of cruelty.
On top of saving for a house in a property market Gen X, Gen Y and Millennials have been speculated out of, on top of paying for their education and on top of paying for their Kiwisaver we might now have to also wait 2 years longer before we can retire?
If National are concerned about future costs, they should dump their tax cut plans and put that money into the Cullen Fund now and restart paying into it.
It is insane that this Government have money tax cuts but not for our pension scheme.
Bill English is far more a slave to neoliberal philosophy than Key ever was. If he gets his hands on another 3 years, privatisation and elimination of basic Government obligations will follow.
With shorter life spans, it is unethical to allow Maori, Pacifica, working class and unhealthier generations to wait two more years to get to Super so National can bribe the electorate with tax cuts that benefit the rich.