Keating’s and Kelty’s Super Legacy: The Birth and Relentless Threats to the Australian System of Superannuation

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Keating’s and Kelty’s Super Legacy

The Birth and Relentless Threats to the Australian System of Superannuation

Mary Easson

Paperback Edition, 380 Pages

Published March 2017, 

ISBN: 9781925501414

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'Keating’s and Kelty’s Super Legacy' shows the birth pangs were painful, delivery uncertain, and survival constantly threatened.  


‘Universal superannuation for all working Australians has taken this nation from the middle order to be the envy of the world in just 25 years. Driven by then Treasurer Paul Keating and ACTU Secretary Bill Kelty, compulsory super now stands as one of the great innovations since Federation. Yet most Australians know little about the origins of what has become a distinguishing national emblem. This book does much to tell that proud story.” 

- Hon Peter Collins AM QC, Chair, Industry Super Australia


From inside the book:

“Once I go in to bat for you, I don’t care what these people say.” – former Treasurer & Prime Minister Paul Keating 


“...we’ve got the chance in history. This is your great chance. This is the night you’ll remember. This is the night that we are going to create national superannuation for everybody.” - Bill Kelty, ACTU


“…now I have got the system up and ready to rumble.” – Paul Keating


Mary Easson, active for over 40 years in the Victorian, Queensland and NSW branches of the ALP, knew well all of the leading architects of Australia’s modern superannuation system.  Serving as an MP in Paul Keating’s government she saw the vital importance of leadership translating into solid policy for the public good.  


Post politics, Mary served on the board of Australia’s largest insurance company, chairing its Risk Management and Audit Committee.  Through her business Probity International, she has advised listed and unlisted international and Australian companies.  She graduated with a Master of Philosophy from the School of Business at the University of NSW.  She was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Research into Retirement Policy and Management, the Sydney Business School. 


She lives in Sydney with husband Michael and they have two daughters, Louise and Amanda

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