18.2 C
Byron Shire
June 16, 2024

Hogan welcomes backpacker tax delay

Latest News

Self-defence explained

For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however...

Other News

Jagun Alliance – rebuilding Indigenous knowledge

Sustainability is intrinsic to Aboriginal cultural frameworks, all ways of being, knowing and doing. It’s about being in the right relationship with Country, and all the endemic species being in the right relationships, in the kinship Country for Country, Jagun.

Editorial – Should Mullum’s water remain locally sourced?

The push by members of Council’s Water and Sewer Advisory Committee (WSAC) to retain Mullum’s local water supply is heating up...

Affordable housing

I’m wondering how long before the temporary emergency disaster relief housing project on Prince Street, Mullumbimby becomes permanent, or...

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

Byron Bay Pickleball offers an open day

Players of all skill levels and  ages have the opportunity to experience the world’s fastest growing racquet sport, pickleball.

Rail trails

Having ridden both local rail trails I can only say what a pleasure they bring. No cars or traffic noise...

The so-called ‘backpacker’ tax, which would see young people on working holiday visas pay tax from their first dollar earned, has been shelved ahead of the election. (AAP)
The so-called ‘backpacker’ tax, which would see young people on working holiday visas pay tax from their first dollar earned, has been shelved ahead of the election. (AAP)

Page MP Kevin Hogan has welcomed the government’s decision to delay introduction of the controversial backpacker tax.

It was feared the move to remove tax-free thresholds from overseas travellers would discourage fruit pickers and harm tourism when it was due to come into effect from July 1, since foreign seasonal workers would be slugged with 32.5 cents from the first dollar they earn.

But the opposition is critical of the timing of the announcement, saying it is merely putting off the unpopular move until after the election.

‘I am very happy that the tax will not be introduced from July 1,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘Our farmers face ongoing challenges to secure an adequate workforce to pick the blueberries, harvest macadamias, process meat and milk cows.

‘We have the opportunity to double our agricultural production to meet growing global food and demand – but we need a workforce to do so.’

The proposal to introduce the tax will now be reviewed as part of a larger review of workforce shortages faced by the agriculture and tourism industries. It will report by October, allowing any changes to be introduced by 1 January 2017.

‘Working holiday makers are an important source of workers for agriculture, with more than 90 per cent of second year working holiday maker visa holders having worked in agriculture in their first year in Australia,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘I, and many of my National Party colleagues, have been talking with local farmers and our communities who are concerned that backpackers may choose not to come to Australia if they have to pay the proposed tax.

‘As a result, the government has agreed to review the tax and defer the introduction of this tax for six months.

The tax was expected to raise $540 million over four years

But Labor’s agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon is dubious of the announcement’s timing.

‘This is just a stunt to push the issue beyond the election,’ he told AAP.

‘It sends all the wrong signals to backpackers, many of whom are making the decision to travel to New Zealand or Canada instead of Australia.’

More stories on the 2016 federal election

Greens’ Richmond campaign ‘people powered, not fossil fueled’

The record vote by the Greens in Saturday’s federal election in Richmond has encouraged candidate Dawn Walker Greens to keep the ‘Green’ momentum going across the northern rivers.

5

Thus Spake Mungo: The worm turned, the maggots squirmed

My fearless prediction is that the coalition will end up with between 76 to 78 seats in the House of Representatives, a thin but decisive majority. But this is not the way it was meant to be.

5

A hung parliament? It may be the best we can hope...

Nearly three years ago, on the eve of the last Federal election, this web site warned that a Tony Abbott-led Coalition government presented a grim outlook for clean energy and climate change, and we warned too that it could be even worse than most people feared.

4

Elliot, Hogan retain their north coast seats

Incumbent northern rivers MPs Kevin Hogan (Page, Nationals) and Justine Elliot (Richmond, Labor) have retained their seats after a knife-edge federal election result which could see a hung parliament.

8

A voting guide for dummies

Still haven't made your mind up who to vote for yet? Well, crawl out from whatever rock you've been hiding under and pay some fricking attention. 
It's really quite simple. Just match your ideology with one of these political parties and away you go.

4


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. How typical of the Liberal/National minority government,
    First of all they set up the ‘battlers’ (multi-national corporations ) to run primary industries that are so poorly managed that they must rely on poorly paid backpackers,so poorly paid, that can’t make ends meet if they are taxed at the same rate applicable to Australian workers. Never mind the Australians though, we the people must subsidise these failed businesses by paying the income tax for their overseas workers, who are taking any work that should be available to the rural workers of Australia.
    Mr Hogan said, ‘Our farmers face ongoing challenges to secure an adequate workforce to pick the blueberries, harvest macadamias, process meat and milk cows.’….. and serve their drinks, clean their homes and perform their parental duties, I have no doubt !
    How about they just pay fair wages and proper penalty rates, and they will get all their workers at the “market rate” . Isn’t that the mantra of these far right wing fascist groups when it suits their bank accounts, in which ever tax- free haven they happen to be ?

  2. Notice that the backpacker tax has been delayed not shelved. Typical nats response in satisfied with a delay until after the election. Similar with pathology payments, not shelved but delayed to after the election. Again we see the Nationals not standing for anything- all talk but don’t challenge their coalition partners.

  3. Back packers have always been taxed same as Australians.
    The stupid change was to tax them at a much higher rate of 32.5% on the very first dollar they got.
    Imagine the outrage if young Aussies got taxed 32.5% on the first dollar they earn.
    As far as saying they are poorly paid they get the casual award which is about $22 an hour possibly the world’s highest minimum wage, underpay them and you can get a $200,000 fine.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Israel/Gaza

Following certain developments over the last couple of weeks, it is starkly obvious that those at the ICC in the Hague believe that ‘c’...

Youth suicide?

ABC News reporting on youth suicide in remote communities at an alarming rate? The Elders are using Aussie Rules to keep youth occupied and...

Affordable housing

I’m wondering how long before the temporary emergency disaster relief housing project on Prince Street, Mullumbimby becomes permanent, or has that happened already? Don’t...

Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.