Scott Morrison offers $300,000 bonus to Gen-Xers in property sale federal election promise

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today announce the expansion of the superannuation scheme which will allow Gen X-ers to stash over a million dollars.

The promise comes a week before the election and also aims to release more homes into the market.

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Under the proposed scheme, people aged 55 and above who are downsizing their primary residence, can contribute up to $1.6 million into superannuation.

That opens up the saving opportunity to a new age bracket, with the current policy restricting the move to those aged 65 and above.

It’s an additional five years since announcements made last year as part of the 2021-22 federal budget which reduced the eligibility age for downsizer contributions from 65 to 60 years old.

It also lifts the current cap which at present sits at $300,000.

If re-elected the change will be implemented from July 1.

Such contributions to your super fund need to be made within 90 days of receiving the proceeds of a sale, except for in certain circumstances.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will address the party faithful in Brisbane on Sunday and use the stage to fight to hold key marginal seats

With less than a week to go until polling day the Liberal Party will officially launch its federal election campaign, along with news of an expanded superannuation policy to help entice voters.

The Liberal leader will announce an expansion of a superannuation contribution scheme, funded by the sale of property, coalition sources have told Nine newspapers.

Under the scheme, people aged 55 and above who are downsizing their primary residence, can contribute up to $1.6 million into superannuation. The terms lower the current policy age of 65 and lift the current cap from $300,000.

Former prime minister John Howard is expected to be among the Liberal stalwarts in the audience at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Sunday to hear the announcement.

A move to help first home buyers

The move to open up more properties to first home buyers, comes as they are warned to taper their expectations amid the recent interest rate spike.

The Reserve Bank of Australia last Wednesday announced the cash rate would be raised by 25 basis points to 0.35 per cent.

It effectively means mortgage holders will be paying more on their monthly repayments.

The RBA added that further rate hikes are likely, if not guaranteed, through the rest of the year.

CoreLogic’s Head of Research Tim Lawless said the move is likely to add downward pressure on housing growth rates.

“As the cash rate normalises, we can expect housing markets to lose further momentum,” he said.

“A higher cash rate implies higher variable mortgage rates, a reduction in borrowing capacity and tighter serviceability assessments for prospective borrowers.

Past research from the RBA has pointed to ‘high end’ housing markets with higher investor concentrations being more sensitive to changes in interest rates in the short term.

“This may be why Sydney and Melbourne markets are already seeing price declines, with more affordable housing markets expected to eventually follow the downward trend.”

-With AAP

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