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Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
reveals that almost 50,000 divorces were
granted during the 2012 year.
With division of assets an important issue for divorcing
couples, this article discusses how your superannuation is
dealt with in the event of divorce.
What happens to my superannuation on divorce?
If you divorce, your property is generally divided
between you. In this regard, there are crucial issues to
bear in mind regarding the treatment of superannuation
• Your superannuation can be split with your spouse
even though you may be below an age where you can
access your superannuation savings.
• Superannuation is dealt with separately to other
assets you own.
• Recent changes mean that the rules also apply to de
facto and same-sex couples (except WA residents).
Family laws provide the following options for allocating
superannuation savings between you:
• Superannuation agreement -- you both enter into a
binding agreement either before or during your marriage
detailing how your superannuation will be allocated if you
divorce. Note, this agreement will not be binding unless
specific requirements are satisfied, such as receiving sign-
off that independent legal advice has been obtained.
• Court order -- if you have not entered into a binding
agreement with your spouse, orders can be made by the
Family Court to split your superannuation. Note, if the
court considers all of your assets are already divided fairly
between you both, it may leave your superannuation as
is, and not order it to be split.
This area of the law is extremely complex, and it is
recommended that advice be sought before deciding what
course of action to take.
-- Information from the July Crowe Horwarth e-newsletter
Statistics released this month by the
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reveal
that more than $14 billion in lost super
is waiting to be claimed.
Assistant commissioner John Shepherd said
of particular concern was the billions of dollars
sitting in super accounts where funds have lost
contact with the owner.
"There's over $6 billion of super sitting in
accounts where funds have not been kept up-
to-date with changes to personal details," he
said. "It's easy for this to happen because when
people get married or move house, the last
thing on their mind is updating their name and
address details with a super fund.
"It is also important to make sure your super
fund has your tax file number, this will allow us
to display your super accounts online and help
reunite you with your super."
An additional $8 billion is sitting in accounts
that have not received a contribution in five
years or more.
As of June 30, there were 95,680 accounts in
South Australia, totalling $790,455,176.51 in lost
Of that, 375 accounts -- at $2,380,416.98
-- was reported for the Loxton postcode area.
New statistics reveal $14 billion in lost superannuation
Heroes, pirouettes and shiny suits
Review by Pamela Perre
"...Cut loose, footloose.
Kick off the Sunday shoes..."
members of the audience were
tapping their feet and mouthing
the lyrics as the cast of Loxton
High School's 2014 musical
Footloose belted out its high
energy opening number.
Thus the tone -- which comprised
fun, energy, and massive amounts
of talent -- for the evening's success-
ful performance was set.
Footloose is a musical based on
the 1984 film of the same name, and
follows Ren McCormack who moves
from Chicago to the small country
town of Bomont, where dancing is
prohibited. Here he meets Reverend
Shaw Moore and his daughter Ariel,
and becomes a driving force to
reverse the dance ban.
The students, under the care of
director Claire Dalzell, utilised
the stage brilliantly making the
show interactive during the church
scenes, emotive during the train
scenes between Ariel and Ren, and
downright sinister in the case of the
number Somebody's Eyes.
Musical director Jane Trower
and the band's music crept in and
out of each scene seamlessly, and
their endeavours to include more
part-singing into the musical were a
delight for the audience.
The two leads were perfectly cast
in Andrew Casey, who played Ren
McCormack, and Laura Trower,
who played Ariel Moore.
Andrew brought the attitude-
laden city boy -- turned country boy
to life, and he did a fantastic job of
smashing some of the potentially
hardest songs in the musical, while
proving his dancing prowess.
This was demonstrated in his
I Can't Stand Still performance
where he sung high notes and
followed them up with stunning
pirouettes, and the fast talking
numbers I'm Free and Dancing Is
Not A Crime.
Laura's first solo in the number
The Girl Gets Around cemented her
own singing abilities, but her voice
really shone in the song Holding
Out For A Hero, where she brought
sass to the demanding rock song
and absolutely nailed it.
Reverend Shaw Moore was
played by year 10 student Ryan
Casey (you read right, Andrew's
brother -- talented family), who
demonstrated his incredible singing
chops from his very first note in On
Ryan did well to bring emotion to
Moore's character, who went from
an uptight, bereaved reverend to a
loving and understanding father.
Ryan and Andrew had a brilliant
scene together where a heated argu-
ment turned into a full-on screaming
match. Neither broke character and
delivered the emotion brilliantly.
The scene-stealing Isabelle
Swanbury brought the character of
Ariel's best friend Rusty to life with
just the right amount of enthusiasm
and comedic timing, delivering belly
laughs with her performance.
Similarly, Toby Skewes was
hilarious as the manic, kind-hearted,
He delivered the lines perfectly,
used physical humour like a pro and
especially drawing laughter during
his performance of Mama Says (You
Can't Back Down).
Both performers' comedy abilities
came together in perfect harmony in
several scenes throughout the show,
a highlight being the Bar-b-que
scene, where Toby's character learnt
to dance in a comical manner, and
Isabelle got to show off her beautiful
voice in Let's Hear It For The Boy.
They were flanked well by
Georgia Merkx, who played Urleen,
and Shaylee Kassulke, who played
Wendy Jo. Both had fabulous voices
and created a brilliant little 'girls
club' around Ariel.
However, Loxton High's immense
talent didn't stop there. The rever-
end's calm and gentle wife Vi Moore
was perfectly embodied by Nicola
Badran, whose sweet voice was a
pleasure to listen to.
Demi Nicholson gave Ren's
mother Ethel just the right amount
of attitude, and Benjamin Waechter
giving Cowboy Bob a great voice,
and lovely country spice.
Jacob Taylor was Chuck, the bad
boy the audience loved to hate, and
did a good job in the song The
Girl Gets Around. His presence was
menacing, especially during the
reprise of Somebody's Eyes.
The chorus and smaller parts were
well acted and sung, and really
raised the bar for the high energy
musical -- especially when the entire
cast maintained that energy and did a
brilliant job with their final number,
the classic show's signature song,
Loxton High has, once again,
outdone itself. In the end the audience
was left with two thoughts: 'Where
do I get one of those shiny suits
Ren was wearing in the final dance
scene?' and 'That was so much fun,
let's do it again'.
• Pamela Perre is a journalist at The
Murray Pioneer and a former Loxton
High School student.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP:
Laura Trower (centre) and
Andrew Casey, as Ariel Moore
and Ren McCormack, lead
the chorus in one of the many
song and dance numbers
in Loxton High School's
production of Footloose.
2: Nicola Badran (Vi Moore)
and Ryan Casey (Reverend
Shaw Moore) during one of the
production's heated scenes.
3: Toby Skewes (Willard
Hewitt) in a scene with Andrew
and the male chorus members.
-- photos taken at a dress
rehearsal by Jane Wilson
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