Senate debates

Thursday, 24 November 2016


Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016, Treasury Laws Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016, Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Amendment Bill 2016; In Committee

1:00 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party) Share this | Hansard source

I support the legislation. I am making a very short contribution, as I made an adjournment speech on this issue on 10 November, and I would like to refer the Senate to that adjournment speech. I urge the Senate to stop the delay. I would like to thank the Deputy Prime Minister for the review into the backpacker tax announced on the back of what we were hearing on the ground, particularly in my home state of Victoria. We ran forums in Shepparton to hear from growers, processors and producers about the impact of the then—and maybe soon to be existing—rate of tax for backpackers. They were unanimous: solve it. So we went out and consulted with industry and we found the solution. I challenge the senators here who have continually sought to delay the processing and the passing of the legislation to fix this issue. We ensured that the timing of that solution was presented in a way that—


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