The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is calling on the government and opposition to stop playing politics with farmers’ futures and urgently resolve the outstanding backpacker tax.
QFF President Stuart Armitage expressed his disappointment at the fact that while parliamentarians squabbled over the politics of the issue, Queensland farmers continued to have uncertainty on whether there will be workers for the upcoming season.
“The continuing politics around the backpacker tax issue is doing nothing but hurt Queensland farmers and regional communities.”
“With only two parliamentary sitting weeks remaining in the year, time is running out to resolve the issue before the default rate 32.5 per cent commences on 1 January 2017.”
“The Senate Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Reform package, the third inquiry into this issue, has recommended that the Coalition Government’s legislation to provide a 19 per cent tax rate be passed.”
“QFF has continually supported and advocated for an internationally competitive tax rate that ensures Australia remains an attractive and competitive destination for backpackers to work and play.”
“The proposed government superannuation reforms remain a separate and continuing issue for farmers and is well overdue for a comprehensive review.”
“QFF joins our industry members Cotton Australia and Growcom in calling for an urgent resolution to the 18 month long backpacker tax saga.”
QFF is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of 15 of Queensland’s peak rural industry organisations, which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland.