Mildura Weekly : Friday September 30 Vol 10 No 47
NEWS 5 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU • From Page 3 “Talking to my back- packers they still feel the rate is too high,” he said. “And when you consider the fact that they are also going be taxed 95 percent of their super, the rate really hasn’t come down at all. “These new measures are going to make it mighty ugly for backpackers who want to come and work in Australia, and from a citrus grower’s perspective, I think the gov- ernment could have gone a lot lower.” Mr Demaria said a flat rate of between 13 to 15 per- cent was still the preferred option for many local grow- ers. “Some of the other mea- sures introduced may offset some of the damage, but I still believe this rate will deter workers from coming here,” he said. “Some poli- ticians want to talk about how we are now on par with Canada and New Zealand, but that’s just political spin. “You need to look at the cost of living in those coun- tries compared to Australia – and on paper Australia still isn’t that appealing with a 19 percent rate, and 95 per- cent of super being taxed. “I have my doubts, and we really won’t know until January 1 comes around and these new conditions are in effect.” Mr Broad said changes to backpackers superannua- tion was a necessary com- promise. “The difference between an Australian worker and a backpacker is that an Austra- lian resident’s super is paid into an account, and can’t be accessed until the age of 65, or retirement,” he said. “It is there to take pressure off our future pension li- abilities. “A backpacker, how- ever, can access their super the moment they leave the country, and I’m sure there would be plenty of Austra- lians who would like that privilege as well. “While I personally would have preferred to see a simpler way implemented to deal with super, I believe this compromise had to happen to avoid being stuck with a rate of 22 percent for example. In my opinion, 19 percent looks a lot better.” Mr Broad said that while he was confident the govern- ment’s compromise would put an end to the issue, he stressed that the proposed changes were yet to be ap- proved by the House of Rep- resentatives and the Senate. “Businesses will live with this, and I am confident we have found a resolution that everyone will be happy with,” he said. “We need to send a strong message that Australia is the place to be for working holidaymakers, and the government is in- vesting $10million to pro- mote that fact overseas.” Sigh of relief follows tax cut POLICE are calling for in- creased vigilance following a spate of thefts and burglaries targeting Mildura’s vulner- able residents. An ongoing problem over the past 12 months, the most recent incident occurred at 9.30pm last Friday, Septem- ber 23, when an unknown female visited an address in Argyle Street, Mildura. It is alleged that while there, the offender asked the elderly occupant for a drink, and once the victim was dis- tracted, entered the house and stole a wallet before leav- ing. The female offender is described as being between 20 and 30 years of age, Ab- original in appearance, and was wearing a black coat and black pants. She also had a scarf around her neck. According to Mildura po- lice, the incident continues an unfortunate trend being seen over the past year, with several elderly residents hav- ing their homes burgled by offenders posing as someone in need of assistance “An offender may come to the front door seeking a glass of water, access to a telephone or permission to recover a football kicked over the fence for example,” Mil- dura Local Area Commander, Inspector John Nolan, said. “While the resident is dis- tracted, an accomplice makes their way into the home to steal money, valuable items, and in some cases car keys. “Our elderly citizens are vulnerable, mainly because they grew up in an era when people were assumed to have honourable intentions until the contrary was proven. “Unfortunately, in to- day’s society healthy cyni- cism can be your greatest protection.” Insp. Nolan said Mildura police were encouraging resi- dents to adopt simple rules to protect themselves. “The simple message is get into the habit of locking security doors, and if you’re unsure, don’t open the door,” he said. Residents concerned about persons coming to the door should immediately ring police (000), family members or neighbours for assistance. In other police news, a 26-year-old Mildura female was arrested and charged with burglary following an incident last Friday. It is alleged that around midday she broke into an address in Hunter Street, Mil- dura, only to leave through a window a short time later after the homeowners re- turned. A short time later the fe- male was arrested by police, was charged and then bailed to appear at Mildura Magis- trate’s Court. Police are also investigat- ing three cars stolen over the weekend. Around 11pm last Satur- day, a 1993 Ford Courier ute was stolen from an address in Teal Drive, Mildura. The car was located in Red Cliffs early Sunday morning, where it is alleged that the same offenders stole another vehicle – a 2003 Ford Courier ute – around 1.10am from an Indi Avenue address. A third vehicle, a 1982 Ford Meteor, was also report- ed stolen on Saturday night from an address in Baylee Avenue, Mildura. It was located in River Road, Buronga, around mid- day the following day. A 22-year-old female was also assaulted, and had her mobile phone stolen, while walking home around 2am Saturday. The female was reported- ly walking along the railway tracks near Seventh Street, when she was approached by a male. The male is alleged to have punched the female in the face, before stealing her mobile phone. He was de- scribed as being around 18 to 20 years of age, wearing a grey hooded jumper and car- rying a push scooter. Anyone with informa- tion in relation to any of these offences is asked to contact Mildura Police Sta- tion on 5018 5300, or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 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