Two high-profile former politicians join SMSF Association

Two high-profile former politicians have been appointed to the SMSF Association’s Public Policy Committee.

SMSF Association CEO Andrea Slattery announced the appointments of former NSW Liberal Premier Nick Greiner and former Labor Parliamentary Secretary Bernie Ripoll to the Committee, which also comprises six other members from the Association’s board, senior executive management and membership.

“This is the first time the Association has looked outside its own membership ranks by asking two prominent Australians boasting strong political and financial credentials to join its Public Policy Committee,” Slattery said.

“We are excited about getting two former politicians of the calibre and reputation of Nick and Bernie, and look forward to getting their input into our vigorous policy debates.”

“Since its inception the Association has always played a significant role in the retirement income and superannuation debate, and these appointments are further testimony to the importance we place on policy.”

Bernie Ripoll, as part of his Parliamentary career, chaired the Corporations and Financial Services Committee inquiry which led to the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms.

Ripoll said: “I am pleased to join the SMSF Association’s Public Policy Committee. The Association plays a crucial role in advocating for the SMSF sector, especially SMSF professionals, which I experienced first-hand in my time in Government. I look forward to contributing to its policy work and bringing my experience in superannuation and financial advice to the committee.”

Nick Greiner was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales and now serves on several boards. He said: “I look forward to contributing to the work of the SMSF Association that plays an important role in superannuation policy that is critically important to Australia’s future. I have significant interest in the SMSF sector and the broader superannuation industry and look forward to supporting the Association’s important policy work.”

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