IS the backpacker tax likely to pressure farmers into failing to adhere to legal employment practices?
The Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan was asked this question as Australian Federal Police and Border Force were in Woolgoolga searching for evidence relating to alleged illegal foreign workers.
Mr Hogan said he thinks the tax is separate from the Federal Police raids this week.
"I think they are very separate," Mr Hogan said.
"I am optimistic that we will come up with a proposal that will mean backpackers are still happy to come here and that they will go through the appropriate channels and the proper visas that this type of activity doesn't need to happen."
However, Mr Hogan said the raids could be an argument for lowering the tax to help avoid driving backpacker workers into illegal syndicates.
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