LNP candidate Ken O'Dowd
LNP candidate Ken O'Dowd The Observer

Backpacker tax resolved

FARMERS have welcomed the resolution of the 18-month backpacker tax saga.

Queensland Farmers' Federation president Stuart Armitage welcomed the last-minute resolution.

"The entire backpacker tax episode will be remembered as a disappointing chapter in Australian politics,” he said.

"QFF is satisfied that the 15% tax rate restores Australia's competitiveness as a destination for backpackers. Queensland farmers finally have the certainty we have been calling for and deserve.”

Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has also declared his relief after a torrid period of negotiations.

"I've been fighting against Labor's original 32.5% rate for some time and this resolution is just the perfect early Christmas present,” he said. 

"Our citrus growers, publicans, graziers, and tourism operators have made it clear their concerns had we not been able to secure a resolution before January and I'm sure there will be a collective sigh of relief.”


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