NXT calls for end to backpacker tax fiasco

NXT calls for end to backpacker tax fiasco

With the fate of the backpacker tax in limbo, Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has called on Senator Derryn Hinch and Senator Rod Culleton to reconsider their position on the Government's 15 per cent compromise.

The NXT MP said it was in the hands of the Senators to end the uncertainty for farmers and to reconsider their push for 13 per cent.

As of the morning of December 1, 2016, the Coalition was staying firm on its position to drop down from 19 per cent to 15 per cent.

"The NXT has backed the 15 per cent Government compromise on the tax because it is consistent with the tax charged to Pacific Islander workers who do seasonal work in Australia," Ms Sharkie said.
"Why should Pacific Islander workers and Australian seasonal workers end up paying higher taxes than tourist workers from other countries?"