JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has successfully moved a motion in the Australian Senate which calls on the Turnbull government to listen to wide spread calls from Tasmania to scrap the Backpacker tax.
"The ball is now in Deputy PM and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s court. He’s got the power, but does he have the ticker to stand up against the Liberals for our farmers? He can’t be allowed to ignore the will of the Senate with out suffering serious damage to his political reputation." said Senator Lambie.
“I was very pleased to see a delegation from peak primary industry body AUSVEG in my office soon after the successful motion in the Senate. And I was very happy to hear that Geoff Moar the chair of AUSVEG said his group in relation to my call to, listen and remove the Backpacker tax was - out there right beside me.
I was also happy to hear that Geoff was as confused as I was, when Deputy Prime Minister refused to do anything to help rural communities and farmers (including Tasmania’s) who rely on Backpackers to harvest – what will be valuable and bumper crops of vegetables, fruit, berries, cherries and grapes.
I back up Geoff when he says that he’s amazed when we have the Minister for agriculture who wants to cruel agriculture - and that he must be very confused with the situation that he’s handing.” said Senator Lambie.