Farm­ers an­noyed at de­lay

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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