Decision on backpacker tax delivers certainty

The backpacker tax is gone. The Federal Liberal National government is deferring the tax for six months pending a review which is expected to come up with a lower, more competitive tax rate. I met with Bowen Gumlu Growers Association president Carl Walker in Bowen this morning to share the news, which will provide fruit and vegetable growers with greater workforce certainty. The backpackers I spoke to were also happy to hear about it. We definitely need to ensure that our growers have the workers they need to harvest their crops, but we also need to ensure that as many Australians as possible have the opportunity to take up work on farms.

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