Tax takes next step

THE Federal Government’s proposed 19 per cent tax rate for backpackers has passed the lower house of Parliament with Member for Mallee Andrew Broad among its chief proponents.

Mr Broad urged the Opposition’s agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon to tell Labor Senators to back the measure so it could be passed into law by Christmas. 

Mr Fitzgibbon assured the measure would pass within the government’s deadline but criticised the proposed 19 per cent rate, telling the House of Representatives on Monday that Treasury modelling had showed it would not be effective.

The Opposition has referred the bills to the Senate economics committee.

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