SUBJECT/S: Backpacker tax, Government dysfunction.
THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2016
JOEL FITZGIBBON, SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES, FORESTRY AND RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA: Having listened to the farmers and growers of Australia, the Senate, only moments ago, supported a 10.5 per cent backpacker tax. This is a much better outcome than the 19 per cent the Government was proposing which clearly wouldn’t restore our international competitiveness and was clearly going to be further damaging for our growers and our farmers.
The vote in the Senate now has just again underlined this Government’s incompetence. Everywhere you look in terms of this Government there is dysfunction, there is incompetence and there is messiness. They just cannot get one thing right.
This backpacker tax debacle has now been going on for 18 months. Significant damage has already been done to the agriculture sector and particularly the horticulture sector and it is time now as the Senate has just done, for the Government to listen to our growers and our farmers and of course all those in the tourism sector to come on board and support 10.5 per cent backpacker tax and get this done and dusted before we leave this place for the Christmas break.