Farmers annoyed at delay
QUEENSLAND Farmers’ Federation has called on the Federal Government and opposition to stop playing politics with farmers’ futures and resolve the backpacker tax.
QFF president Stuart Armitage said there was uncertainty among farmers on whether there would be workers for the upcoming season because of the tax.
“The continuing politics around the backpacker tax issue is doing nothing but hurt Queensland farmers and regional communities,” Mr Armitage said.
“With only two parliamentary sitting weeks remaining in the year, time is running out to resolve the issue before the default rate 32.5 per cent commences on 1 January 2017,” he said.
“The Senate Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Reform package, the third inquiry into this issue, has recommended that the Coalition Government’s legislation to provide a 19 per cent tax rate be passed.
“QFF has continually supported and advocated for an internationally competitive tax rate that ensures Australia remains an attractive and competitive destination for backpackers to work and play.”