Backpacker tax impasse continues

THE Senate yesterday backed an amendment by independent Jacqui Lambie to almost halve the Federal Government’s proposed 19 per cent backpacker tax rate.

However, late yesterday afternoon, the proposed Bill was returned to the House of Representatives, which then rejected the Senate’s 10.5 per cent tax rate on working backpackers.

The Bill will return to the Upper House to decide if it will insist on the changes, propose others or revert to the original proposal. 

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