Joint Media Release with Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari Tina MacFarlane
A re-elected Turnbull Government will undertake a review into issues affecting the supply and taxation of working holiday makers, the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, announced today.
Minister O’Dwyer acknowledged the strong advocacy of her Ministerial colleague and Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, as well as Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, in shaping the Government’s decision.
“Senator Scullion and Ms MacFarlane have been strong advocates for a considered comprehensive review of the supply and taxation arrangements of seasonal holiday workers,” Minister O’Dwyer said.
“The Turnbull Government will defer the commencement of the previously announced changes to treat all working holiday makers as non-residents for tax purposes from July 1 for six months, pending the outcome of the review process.”
Senator Scullion and Ms MacFarlane welcomed the announcement of the review and deferral.
“Working holiday makers are a significant source of seasonal labour in our local community here in the Territory,” Ms MacFarlane said.
“This is a timely and measured response by the Government to an issue that I have been championing in Canberra,” Senator Scullion said.
The ‘Review of 417 and 462 Visa Labour’ is due to report by mid-October.