Uncertainty remains for Riverina farmers after backpacker tax fails to pass senate

Uncertainty over the backpacker tax continues to impact on Riverina farmers.

Uncertainty over the backpacker tax continues to impact on Riverina farmers.

RIVERINA farmers remain locked in a harvest labour holding pattern after the federal senate on Thursday rejected the government’s backpacker tax proposal.

With summer harvest season already underway, farmers are scrambling to plug labour gaps usually filled by an influx of backpackers. Swirling uncertainty over the Coalition’s planned 19.5 per cent backpacker tax rate has seen working visa numbers plummet in farming areas. The revised tax rate of 10.5 per cent will be put to the lower house next week.

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