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Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon has released a statement saying Malcolm Turnbull has lost the plot by claiming Labor believes “rich white kids from Europe should pay less tax than Pacific Islanders working here to send money back to their villages”.

Mr Fitzgibbon says this is a lie and under the tax rules for backpackers, 95 per cent of their compulsory super contributions are claimed by the government when they leave Australia.

“The combination of super tax and the tax rate means the effective tax rate for backpackers under Labor’s compromise of 10.5 per cent is higher than for the Seasonal Worker Program, as these workers are not subject to the same superannuation clawback arrangements.

“In addition, under Labor’s 10.5 per cent compromise, there is no income level at which someone on a working holiday visa pays less tax than an Australian worker.

With time running out to find a solution to the backpacker tax impasse, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ramped up his rhetoric on the issue by accusing Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of favouring “rich white kids from Europe” over poor Pacific Islanders and young Australians.

Peak horticulture body Growcom has called on the crossbenchers, Labor and the Greens to pass the 15 per cent backpacker tax rate in the Parliament or be complicit in condemning industry to 32.5pc.

“Today will live in infamy if politicians can’t agree to a compromise position on the backpacker tax rate in the next few hours,” said Growcom chief advocate Rachel Mackenzie.

“Ironically, by refusing to support the fair rate of 15 per cent agreed to by industry they are tacitly endorsing the Coalition’s dodgy budget measure of 32.5pc.

Ms Mackenzie said horticultural growers across Queensland would not forget today’s performance by politicians and their apparent inability to come to a compromise in the Parliament for the benefit of the horticultural industry.


“Without a compromise today, these politicians are just putting in a 32.5pc tax regime for working holiday makers on January 1. Patanjali yoga durham The industry will not forget,” she said.

“It is a disgrace that in these last available hours of deliberation in the Parliament for the year, politicians are quibbling about a few percentage points either way when the horticultural industry has accepted 15pc and while the spectre of 32.5 per cent looms over the horticultural industry from 1 January.” WoolProducers Australia stands by a 15pc

WoolProducers Australia senior vice president Ed Storey doesn’t believe backpackers should pay less tax than those on the Seasonal Worker Program.

“Senators need to stop thinking about their own political games, pass the legislation and move on. Sadhana yoga retreat centre It’s not about them – it is about Australian business wanting to get on and produce things,” he said.

ADF president David Basham said after 18 months of continued lobbying, the agricultural sector needed a decision that ensured certainty for backpackers and employers.

ADF said the government’s decision to reduce the proposed tax rate from 32.5 per cent to 15pc cent tax maintained Australia’s status as a competitive destination for working holiday makers, while ensuring they pay a fair level of tax.

“The Labor Party promised the issue would be resolved before the end of this year.” Avocados Australia said the legislation must be passed today

Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said the industry was already immensely disappointed the government would be pocketing 95 per cent of backpackers’ superannuation – a cost that industry would be having to bear the brunt of – and something that seems to have been hidden in this debate.

“Our position is that as long as the new backpacker’s tax rate stays between 10.5 and 15 per cent, growers can live with that. What is yogalates But sort it out so our growers and backpackers have some certainty.

“Without backpackers working in the avocado industry, everyone will suffer the cost.” Cotton Australia general manager Michael Murray says a decision on the tax has been a long-time coming

Mr Murray said Australian farmers have been waiting 18 months for legislators to reach a sensible conclusion to the issue working holiday maker taxation.

“We call on both houses of Parliament to put aside their political differences and swiftly come up with a solution that is fair and ensures Australia remains globally competitive in attracting crucial seasonal workers.”

The National Farmers’ Federation says there’s unprecedented disillusionment and anger among the farm sector at the political games being played over the backpacker tax in Canberra.

NFF President Fiona Simson made an urgent trip to Canberra yesterday as the chaos erupted with the shock Senate vote and told media the 15pc rate remained the best way of getting the issue resolved, before parliament ended for the year.

Click here to read more. Prenatal yoga poses third trimester pictures Victorian Farmers Federation horticulture vice president Emma Germano says the Senate has made a mockery of the political process

“This has been a disastrous result for the agriculture industry and I hope the Senate is comfortable in the knowledge that they could have destroyed this season’s harvest for many hardworking farmers,” Ms Germano said.

She said the bitter stalemate was putting the agriculture sector under increasing stress as many farmers struggled to find reliable temporary labour.

“We have already seen a drop-off in backpacker numbers, and with much of the harvest already in full swing, many farmers are struggling to find the labour.” Queensland Farmers’ Federation president Stuart Armitage described the situation as “one of the best examples of the worst of politics”

“It is extremely disappointing that our politicians would rather play a game of ‘last man standing’ than resolve this urgent issue affecting Queensland’s farmers and regional communities,” Mr Armitage said.

“It is simply unacceptable that farmers and regional Queensland continue to be kicked around like a political football only to satisfy the egos and malignant infighting that now dominate the backpacker tax issue.”

“Politics is the art of compromise. British wheel of yoga No one gets everything they want. Earth yoga nyc schedule Unfortunately, one of the many great things about Australia and our political system has always been the pragmatism of its people, and by extension its elected representatives.

“We are in the middle of harvest at the moment, particularly on the north coast of NSW, and member of our members have a combination of backpackers and Australian working side-by-side,” Mr McCulloch said.

“While we are unhappy about the changes to the taxation of superannuation which have already been passed and which would increase the effective rate of that compromise deal to well over 20pc, we hoped to see this debate finish with an internationally competitive rate.”

“We are incredibly disappointed that this has not happened.” The Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) and Australian Nut Industry Council called for all politicians to support the 15pc rate

Australian Macadamia Society CEO and ANIC chairman Jolyon Burnett the industry acknowledged and appreciated the efforts that resulted in the proposed compromise position of 15pc tax rate.

“We are calling on all parties to pass the 15pc tax this week so that our industry can have a resolution which is fair to both workers and growers,” Mr Burnett said.

WA ONE Nation Senator Rod Culleton says he’s standing up for farmers’ and their farm-gate returns by voting with other crossbench Senators and Labor and the Greens for a 10.5 per cent backpacker tax.

The game of political brinkmanship playing out over the backpacker tax in federal parliament is symptomatic of a serious disconnection between politicians and primary production businesses in regional Australia, according to Dairy Connect .

“No doubt, very few members of federal parliament have ever run a small farming business or a business of any sort,” according to chief executive officer, Shaughn Morgan.

“The vast majority have never had to roll out of bed at 4am seven days a week to begin milking or to start harvesting carrots at dawn,” he said.

“They clearly have no idea of the critical seasonality of labour supply and just seem to stare blankly when told repeatedly by industry that: ‘This is serious!’.”

“Our politicians are simply playing power games and ignoring the economic realities of life on the farm,” Mr Morgan said. Inhale yoga with steve ross And for something lighter:

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