BUSY PICKING: Fruit pickers are right in the middle of the busiest time of the year for picking mandarins.
BUSY PICKING: Fruit pickers are right in the middle of the busiest time of the year for picking mandarins. Max Fleet BUN260416MAND6

QFF accepts proposal

QUEENSLAND Farmers Federation president Stuart Armitage has released a column outlining why he thinks the amendments to the backpacker tax will keep Australia internationally competitive.

"With more than half of all backpackers coming to Australia working and holidaying in Queensland, expected labour shortages would have been acutely felt by the QFF industry members,” Mr Armitage said.

"From the outset QFF and members agreed in principle with the Federal Government's rationale that backpackers should pay their fair share of tax.

"But, the tax rate had to be internationally competitive.”


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