| September 27, 2016

Win for local industries farmers with proposed backpacker tax rate cut

The Nationals Member for Murray, Damian Drum said today the proposed 32.5 per cent tax rate that was to apply to working holiday visa holders from July 1 will be slashed to 19 per cent following strong representations by The Nationals in Government.

Mr Drum said he has been able to deliver in government on what he said before the election.

“The win on backpacker tax is a win for Murray farmers who will be able to get their fruit off the tree and off to market,” Mr Drum said.

“Agriculture makes a fundamental contribution to the economy in Murray and this decision shows we are working to ensure the Murray Electorate remains a vibrant hub of industry and employment into the future.”

“The Nationals, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker and our Members of Parliament have been fearless champions on behalf of their regions, their agricultural stakeholders and common sense.”

Mr Drum said the decision to reduce the proposed tax rate from 32.5 per cent to 19 per cent tax would maintain Australia’s status as one of the most competitive destinations for working holiday makers, while ensuring they pay a fair level of tax.

“With the peak tourism and harvest season ahead of us – especially with the harvest of apricots and cherries beginning in late November – it was critical that the tax rate issue was resolved quickly.

“This means farmers in Murray can continue to rely on strong seasonal labour support.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government listened and is now providing certainty to stakeholders for the upcoming harvest and tourism seasons,” Mr Drum said.

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