Treat visitors well
THE region’s and the country’s backpackers have certainly been in the spotlight of late.
The recent Four Corners episode which claimed backpackers travelling to our region for adventures and once-in-a-lifetime trips were being mistreated has certainly garnered plenty of attention and deservedly so.
The mistreatment of backpackers in our region is not a new story with local media reporting on such issues for years but the program seems to have struck a chord with the public.
This week’s Federal Government announcement of a multi-agency taskforce – combining the Immigration Department, Fair Work and Australian Federal Police – is long overdue.
While details of how it will operate will be revealed soon, it can surely only be good news for foreign workers.
It will also benefit the honest, hard-working farmers and employers in the region who do the right thing by their employees.