Work­ing hol­i­day tax con­cerns the agri­cul­ture sec­tor

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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.”

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