Se­na­tor says no to a back­packer tax

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

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.

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