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Last week saw the swearing-in of Geoffrey Nettle as the High Court's 51st justice. But a dated rule means he must retire in less than six years, writes George Williams.

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Much of our planning policy relies on older people moving into smaller dwellings. But UNSW research shows downsizing is having little attraction for retirees.  

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It’s unrealistic and unfair to expect everyone to have the same retirement age, as it can can disadvantage groups with a systematically lower life expectancy, in particular the poor, writes Rafal Chomik. 

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Time will tell if the Productivty Commission’s assessment on lifting the retirement age will galvanise constructive debate and action, writes Rafal Chomik. 

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Without a return to a more stable distribution of investment returns, many people will find they reach retirement without much of the money they thought they would have, writes John Evans. 

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Older workers have enormous value, but it remains to be seen what their health and disability profiles will be and which employers will reap the benefits of population ageing, writes Rafal Chomik. 

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Low income workers will suffer under a Coalition pledge to discontinue a superannuation top-up scheme directed at those earning less than $37,000 a year, writes Helen Hodgson.

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Money is considered to be the top priority in planning for retirement, but a more pertinent question to ask is how do you want to live, says psychologist Dr Joanne Earl.

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Retiring should be happening later, not earlier, and and we should use the policy levers we have to make this happen, writes John Piggott.

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A new survey suggests men could find retirement lonely and isolating unless they build social and leisure networks before they leave the workforce.

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