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Backpackers undeterred by tax

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Andrew Leeson

Backpackers won't abandon their working plans even if a new "terrible" tax shaves 15 per cent off their income, many travellers say.

Most backpackers AAP spoke with outside Sydney hostels on Tuesday were unaware of the new tax that's set to pass parliament later this week and the majority say they would still continue to travel and work in the country regardless.

However, most also think the tax is unfair.

English traveller Tom Crich, 19, and Juma Ing, 18, from Holland say a new tax wouldn't affect their plans to pick fruit and travel the east coast of Australia.

"The sort of jobs we are looking to do, they pay better than what we are used to in our countries, so for us it is fairly easy to save," Mr Crich said.

But a new tax would make it harder to stay in Australia, especially while paying rent in Sydney, he said.

"With a bit extra knocked off, breaking even will be hard."

English backpacker Erin Millner, 24, said it was unfair to target backpackers and she would have been less likely to have come to Australia if it had been put in place.

"With the fruit picking, Australians don't want to do it ... because it's s***. We're not taking Australian jobs," Ms Millner said.

Similarly fellow English traveller Roxy Emerili, 25, said she would be less likely to work while she travelled in Australia if a new tax were introduced.

Meanwhile 25-year-old Yoshiki Mase from Japan said the tax was "terrible" but was unclear how it would affect his plans.

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