Call to scrap back­packer tax con­tin­ues

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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