Backpacker tax resolution welcomed

02 December 2016

Tasmania’s peak farming organisation has welcomed the news that Federal politicians have finally reached an agreement on the controversial “backpacker tax”.

TFGA CEO Peter Skillern said that it was pleasing to see that some groups and cross bench members had finally found consensus with the Federal Government.

“It is unfortunate that this issue has been used as a political football at the expense of Tasmanian farmers,’’ Mr Skillern said.

“There are many lessons to be learned from this fiasco, and we will be looking to our Federal representatives, in both the lower and upper house, to act in the interests of Tasmanian agriculture in the future.

“We now urge the Federal Government to actively ensure that backpackers around the world are aware of these changes, and that there is proactive promotion to ensure that the sector has labour resources moving forward.”

Contact: TFGA Communications Officer Kirsten Woolley