Rugby league legend Brad Fittler has confirmed that his comeback to football at the age of 42 is due to proposed superannuation reforms.
With moves afoot to increase Australia’s retirement age to 70, Fittler has revealed that he had no choice but resume playing competitive rugby league.
“My financial advisor reckons everyone will have to work an extra five years to access their super,” said Fittler. “It makes sense I make my comeback now, rather than when I’m in my 50s and only the Titans would take me.”
Fittler’s return to the workforce is the latest celebrity comeback triggered by fears about superannuation.
In the music world, David Bowie and My Bloody Valentine returned from retirement last year to release new albums. American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has also been forced to relaunch his career with a raunchier, sexualised image modelled on the success of his daughter Miley.
However, not everyone is doing their bit to support themselves.
This week ABC cricket commentator Kerry O’Keeffe announced his retirement at the age of 64. The move ignited furious debate on social media, with members of Generation Y labelling O’Keeffe’s decision to quit the workforce six years before he turned 70 as morally reprehensible.
The mood was best expressed by one young person on Twitter:
“If old people don’t retire at 70 how can young people ever retire at 50?”