A backpacker walks through the streets of Brisbane, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
A backpacker walks through the streets of Brisbane, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING DAN PELED

LETTER: Backpacker workers struggle to survive

FURTHER to Robyn Deane’s letter (SCD 28/5) regarding the taxing of backpackers.

Possibly the most disturbing thing about the tax is the government’s stated reason for the increase.

You would have to be living in cloud cuckoo land to believe, as they claim to, that the backpackers send most of their Australian-earned income overseas.

This claim, at best, shows complete ignorance of the financial status of our welcome visitors.

And, at worst, it is a deliberate lie to fool the Australian people into supporting the move.

For some seven years, until recently, I could provide basic bakery supplies to the Maroochydore backpackers hostel.

I have seen the relief and gratitude of the residents, most of whom could barely afford the necessities of life, let alone send their money overseas.

If the government agenda is to get rid of backpackers so that they can force the local unemployed into their menial jobs, then they should at least have the courage to say so.

Frank Coppinger

Rosemount


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