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It took less than 24 hours to scuttle a policy approach that has near universal support from relevant stakeholders.
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Australian workers are right to remain skeptical.
The more serious challenges that confront us are to ensure that the 25 years or so added to the average Australian's life are good years -- years in which older Australians remain healthy, active, secure and feel valued by the community they helped to build. Unfortunately, we are not as well placed to meet those challenges.