COMMUNITY MEETS ON BACKPACKER TAX
FLYNN MP Ken O’Dowd has stood by the Federal Government’s proposed 19% backpacker tax, despite the North Burnett community’s call for a 15% tax.
A spokesman for Mr O’Dowd said the government’s solution of a flat 19% rate brought backpackers in line with their Australian counterparts and left Australian industries able to out-compete other countries, such as New Zealand, based on take-home pay.
“This 19% plan gives certainty to our agriculture and tourism industries and is fully costed. Labor’s 10.5% thought-bubble would have a negative effect on the budget while making Australian workers subsidise foreign colleagues, something (the Coalition) doesn’t agree with,” the spokesman said.
“One of the greatest threats to any industry is uncertainty.
“When businesses are unaware what their operational terms will be in the future, it makes it impossible for them to plan their work appropriately.”
The spokesman said the uncertainty was having a negative impact on industries that rely on backpackers.
“The Coalition government entered wide consultation this year to see that a suitable tax rate could be identified, in place of the 32.5% foreign worker rate installed by Labor,” the spokesman said.
“Mr O’Dowd is very concerned the impact this whole argument is potentially having on the horticulture industries in Flynn, he was one of the leading voices against the 32.5% rate and was pleased with the well-negotiated 19% plan.”