Call to scrap backpacker tax continues
Pressure on the Federal Government to scrap the backpacker tax has not eased despite announcing a delay of its implementation in the wake of widespread criticism.
The Government has proposed to push back the start date of the 32.5 per cent tax on every dollar earned by working holiday visa holders to January 1, 2017 as Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce leads a review.
But North West Central MLA Vince Catania said the proposal to delay the controversial tax was a band-aid solution.
“For the Federal Government to ask us to trust them for a further six months after they have completely mismanaged the issue is a bridge too far,” he said.
“Virtually every dollar earned by seasonal workers is reinvested into regional communities, which has a far greater net benefit to regional WA than any funds raised by a backpacker tax could deliver.”
Durack MHR Melissa Price has voiced her opposition to the tax and was one of several Liberal Party members calling for a delay.
WAFarmers chief executive Stephen Brown said more must be done to protect Australia’s position as a destination for backpackers.