LETTERS: New backpacker taxes will rob us of workers

I BETCHA when the new tax rules for backpackers come in on July 1, you won't find many backpackers in regional farming areas.

Other business will no doubt take a similar hit.

The economy of rural towns will be adversely affected in accommodation, grocery stores, cafes, pubs, retail shops and many other services they use from the local community.

The government's hair brained idea will drive them away causing a labour shortage for our hard working farmers.

Does our, 'lack-of-wisdom' government actually think that the extra income tax taken from a dwindling backpacker work force will compensate for taxes lost from local businesses and the GST?

Rural industry is presently lobbying Canberra to rescind this foolish decision.

Will they listen to the voices of reason or ignore them as they do in so many other cases?

JAY NAUSS

 

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