We got an e-mail from Dunedin blogger and 2011 United Future candidate Pete George yesterday. It's been sent to a number of bloggers; here 'tis:
Lets combine the blogger voice and push harder for a Super debate:
Campaign for a decent debate on the future of Super in New Zealand.Bloggers represent many opinions, ideas, ideals and approaches, and have interblog rivalries and arguments. But how we deal with Super is super important, so we are prepared to put aside those differences and join in asking for a Super debate.
And if politicians don't stand up and deliver the debate then blogger power will drive it. Once the framework for a debate is in place we can promote our varied solutions - these could range from doing nothing different to doing away with Super.
First step - we need to agree that a debate is needed.
If you post on your own blog in support of the BADASS campaign let me know, or just let me know you support it, I'll collate and list all on a post that's ready to go.
Superannuation is the biggest, baddest and smelliest elephant in the room at the moment. We all know that the cost of superannuation is going to skyrocket in the years ahead, as baby-boomers such as ourselves retire, and as we live longer because of the advances in health and lifestyle.
We agree with Pete George; there needs to be a wide-ranging debate, right across the political spectrum, and a bipartisan approach needs to be taken. For that reason, we are more than happy to offer our support to his BADASS campaign.
There's no doubt that the blogosphere is becoming increasingly influential. Just this week we've seen that; an issue that we raised on Tuesday afternoon finally making it into the mainstream media on Friday. Many media figures follow blogs and bloggers via social media, and we get occaisonal requests from journalists to comment on an issue.
So there are plenty of good reasons why the blogosphere can lead debate on the issue of superannuation, rather than be followers. After all, just about all of us are going to be affected in some way; either by receiving it, or by paying for it.
We'll disclose a conflict of interest here; poor relationship choices in the past have left us exposed, when a retirement plan became matrimonial property and was divvied out by an actuary. Although we now have a Kiwisaver plan, it's sobering that we are within single-figure years of being eligible for National Superannuation. Whilst we'd love to be in a position to retire at age 65, the chances are that being in business on our own account, we won't.
We applaud Pete George for taking the initiative on this. We hope that other bloggers, especially those with a wider readership than he or us will also take up the challenge so that we can discuss this in a mature fashion, and perhaps even reach a consensus that our political leaders can't or won't.