SMSFA appoints high profile former politicians

The SMSF Association is hailing their commitment to "getting the right policy settings for retirement incomes, superannuation and financial services" with the appointment of two high-profile public figures.

Former NSW Liberal premier Nick Greiner and former Labor parliamentary secretary Bernie Ripoll will become members of the association's public policy committee.

"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," says managing director and chief executive, Andrea Slattery.

"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."

Greiner, who was premier and treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992, said he looks forward to contributing to the work of the association.

"The SMSF Association that plays an important role in superannuation policy that is critically important to Australia's future," Greiner said.

"I have significant interest in the SMSF sector and the broader superannuation industry and look forward to supporting the association's important policy work."

Ripoll was similarly pleased, noting "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."

Ripoll held the House of Representatives seat of Oxley from 1998 to 2016, and was chair of the Corporations and Financial Services Committee inquiry into the financial services industry and formulation of the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms.

"These outstanding appointments will help achieve the association's mission of leading the professionalism, integrity and sustainability of the SMSF sector," Slattery added.

Read more: SMSF AssociationAustraliaBernie RipollNick GreinerAndrea SlatteryAustraliansFinancial Services CommitteeFuture of Financial AdviceGovernmentHouse of RepresentativesLaborNew South WalesNSW LiberalOxley
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