Working holiday tax concerns the agriculture sector
GROWERS and backpackers could face more uncertainty and confusion after the Australian Labor Party revealed it would refer the Working Holiday Maker Reform Package to the Senate Economics Committee.
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said there’s been more than enough industry engagement and review; it was time for action.
“Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have made it abundantly clear that this reform package must be passed as a matter of urgency,” he said.
Legislation for the Working Holiday Maker Reform Package Bill was introduced into Parliament last week.
Mr Pitt said: “They’ve (the Labor Party) failed to commit to any options put on the table, they’ve failed to come up with a proposal of their own and they’ve failed to effectively engage with the industries.
“Many growers are coming into the peak harvest season and labour force demand so they need certainty,” he said.
“Concerns around the tax payable by working holiday makers were comprehensively reviewed by the Coalition, with consultation and input from multiple stakeholders in both the tourism and agriculture sectors.
“The package reduces the tax payable by working holiday makers from 32.5 percent to 19 percent, with the cost to the budget fully offset,” he said.
Mr Pitt is calling on Labor to support the passage of the entire reform package through the Parliament, providing businesses and workers certainty.
“Labor’s actions could see all of this hard work undone and crops lost, with an unnecessary delay by sending it to a Senate committee for review.”