Senator says no to a backpacker tax
A QUEENSLAND senator has come out and said the backpacker tax would only come into effect over his dead body.
LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan, who sides with the National party federally, was in the North Burnett this week when he made the remarks.
“Over my dead body will that tax come in,” he said.
“Over the dead body of the national party will that tax come in.
“We are the party of small business, horticulturists, farmers and primary producers, we know the impact, we get it clearly and it’s not going to happen. “It’s as simple as that.” The backpacker tax, which placed a 30 per cent income tax on foreign workers, was due to come into affect in July, but was postponed in the May budget.
“It’s been deferred because you didn’t really want to debate such a volatile issue during the course of an election, it’s too important,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“Mind you, we need to visit the issue, because there is an issue.
“You can’t have zero tax for foreign nationals working in our country, that’s not fair to the system.”
Mr O’Sullivan said the 30 per cent tax rate was not fare to the workers or the constituents.
“We are going to have a look at this question over the next six months between now and 2017,” he said.
“I’m satisfied as we always seem to do, that we will come up with an equitable and fair answer that will serve everybody’s interest.” Senator O’Sullivan replaced Barnaby Joyce in the Senate when Mr Joyce switched from the Senate to the House of Representatives.
Senator Barry O’Sullivan: Over my dead body will that tax come in.