The future of the Government’s proposed changes to the ‘backpacker tax’ is unclear, along with the 95% tax on Departing Australia Superannuation Payments (DASP) for backpackers, as debate on the Bills has been pushed back.
A Senate committee considering the proposed legislation was due to report on Monday, but when this was delayed until Wednesday so was debate. On Tuesday Labor announced it would attempt to amend the backpacker tax down to a rate of 10.5%. The report was tabled on Wednesday, but the Bills weren’t debated. The Bills were listed on the Senate Notice Paper, but it appears the Government removed them from the list for debate. Labor and Senator Jacqui Lambie attempted to bring on a debate, but this failed.