Mildura Weekly : Friday March 18 Vol 10 No 19
MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016 02 CHAFF 424 San Mateo Avenue, MILDURA Ph: 5021 1777 | F: 5021 1733 www.milduraweekly.com.au OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm NEWS firstname.lastname@example.org SPORT email@example.com LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGING email@example.com DIRECTOR SALES firstname.lastname@example.org CLASSIFIEDS email@example.com REGULAR FEATURES INSIDE TODAY A corporate enterprise of the Mildura Weekly Ph: 5021 1782 www.milduraphonebook.com.au 26,200 COPIES DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY For more info visit www.auditbureau.org.au NEWS PJ’s rises phoenix-like from the ashes – Page 10 ARTS Erica Graf and Lazy Eye return triumphant – Page 14 PEOPLE The Fishers make history their business – Page22&23 NEWS................................................................ 3 - 28 PETS & VETS ....................................................... 29 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS......................30 & 31 SPORT ............................................................ 32 - 36 ENTERTAINMENT....................................... 37 - 39 TRADES & SERVICES................................40 & 41 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................... 42 - 46 FULL THROTTLE ................................................ 48 MOTORING................................................... 49 - 55 a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... Feds to reconsider ‘backpacker tax’ • From Page 1 Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, BELOW LEFT, described the Federal Govern- ment’s decision to review the tax a case of commonsense pre- vailing. Speaking to the Mildura Weekly from Parliament House in Canberra yesterday, Mr Broad said he was confident the review would be undertak- en in a timely manner. “This review needed to be done, and now has to be com- pleted quickly,” he said. “Our horticulture, agriculture and tourism sectors rely on back- packers, and the proposed tax would have a devastating im- pact on our region. “I have been lobbying ex- tremely hard to get this deci- sion stalled so that greater con- sultation and understanding can be sought, and I’m pleased that the concerns of those who would be impacted by the tax have been heard by the govern- ment. “No one is suggesting that a backpacker should pay no tax, but 32.5 percent from the first dollar earned was an unreason- able proposal in my opinion. “It’s essential that the right policy settings are put in place to support two of Australia’s key growth sectors – agriculture and tourism – and I will con- tinue to be involved in discus- sions in order to develop a bal- anced policy. “This will include talking to Mildura Development Cor- poration (an organisation op- posed to the tax) to make sure their views, and the views of those they represent are heard.” Mr Broad said he believed a taxation “landing point” be- tween 15 and 19 percent would prove an ideal solution. He also said it was too early to say whether the proposed tax would go ahead on July 1 in its current form despite the review. “I don’t want to pre-empt the review’s outcome,” Mr Broad said. “However I am confident it is a step in the right direction.” An opponent of the tax since it was first announced in May last year, Victorian Farmers Federation Sunraysia branch spokesperson, Bill McClum- pha, RIGHT, described the Commonwealth’s move as “an open-ended, election-oriented, face-saving sidestep.” “It involves no admission of the damage the tax has al- ready done, and no commit- ment to drop the tax,” he said. “The government, which in- cludes the National Party as a Coalition partner, is clearly still pursuing the idea of using backpackers as a cash cow for budget repair regardless of the consequences. “The government, and in particular Mr Barnaby Joyce and Nationals MPs including Mr Broad, were warned about the effects the backpacker tax would have in May last year. “They have been repeatedly approached by representative groups, producers and opera- tors, but in my opinion have chosen to bury the issue in- stead of dealing with it. “Clearly the $540million supposedly to be raised by the backpacker tax is an important part of the Coalition’s strategy to take tax cuts to the upcom- ing Federal election, and it is difficult to believe the govern- ment will give up this perceived revenue windfall, especially in the context of Mr Turnbull’s re- fusal to countenance unpopu- lar reforms to negative gear- ing, corporate taxation, super, trusts, capital gains etc.” Mr McClumpha said the National Farmers Federation and the VFF “failed to oppose the tax when it was announced last May”. “Their idea of a 19 percent compromise – which presum- ably Mr Colbeck will be con- sidering – should also be op- posed on several grounds,” he said. “Firstly, it would be disin- centive, because as I see it, this is still a 50 percent increase on the current taxation arrange- ment for horticultural workers, which I believe is a flat 13 per- cent upfront. “Secondly, it is aimed at securing $350million in rev- enue for the government, not at repairing the damage already done, recovering Australia’s status as a preferred destina- tion and getting backpacker numbers to recover. “Thirdly, it effectively con- cedes as legitimate the govern- ment’s ridiculous claim that backpackers pay zero tax, are bludging off the Aussie taxpay- er, and are therefore fair game as a taxation cash cow for bud- get repair. “Mr Colbeck was the Parlia- mentary Secretary for Agricul- ture until September last year, so he obviously thought the tax was a good idea and that hor- ticulture in particular was fair game. “It’s fair to think he would be acting as the government’s hatchet man, rather than some- one open to the arguments against the tax who would be prepared to recommend it should be scrapped.” Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp said: “I welcome the an- nouncement that the Federal Government will be undertak- ing a review of the backpacker tax.” “I would like to acknowl- edge and thank Andrew Broad for his advocacy on this matter.” MDC chief executive, Jenny Garonne, said she was relieved that the backpacker tax would be reviewed, saying the organ- isation and industry leaders would not ease up pressure on the issue. “This is a fantastic break- through and a good sign,” she said. “We have been advocating hard on this issue, and we need to keep doing that. “The emphasis is on tour- ism rather than horticulture, so it is still very important to push home the messages about the negative impacts of the tax changes for agriculture.” HERE’S a few things you may not know... 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