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

1:22 pm

Photo of John WilliamsJohn Williams (NSW, National Party) Share this | Hansard source

Senator Whish-Wilson, I am trying to ask a sensible—

The TEMPORARY CHAIR: Through the chair, Senator Williams.

I am just saying I think it is very unfair that I would be paying 32 or 37 per cent tax as an Australian shearer while the overseas backpacker shearer alongside me is paying 10.5 per cent. I think that is very unfair, and that is the point I want to make through this whole debate. Life is about fairness. We should be fair not only to the foreign workers but to the Australian workers as well. These people in the Labor Party supposedly represent the Australian workers. You should be sticking up for a fair tax system for Australians as well.


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