Backpacker tax saga finally comes to a close

THE 18 month long backpacker tax saga has finally been resolved with the compromise 15 per cent tax rate passing both houses of the Australian Parliament last night.

Queensland Farmers' Federation President Stuart Armitage welcomed the last minute resolution reached by the Coalition Government and the Greens.

"The entire backpacker tax episode will be remembered as a disappointing chapter in Australian politics where farmers were used as pawns in an unnecessary, highly politicised power struggle."

"QFF is satisfied that the 15 per cent tax rate restores Australia's competitiveness as a destination for backpackers."

"Queensland farmers finally have the certainty we have been calling for and deserve."

QFF thanks and acknowledges the sustained and coordinated lobbying efforts of campaign partners; QFF industry members Growcom and Cotton Australia; the National Farmers' Federation; and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

Topics:  backpacker tax farming queensland farmers federation

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