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Tourism body not on backpacker task force

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Paul Osborne

Tourism Australia has admitted it was not invited onto a task force set up by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to examine the impact of the backpacker tax.

Senior manager with Tourism Australia, Karen Halbert, told a Senate estimates hearing in October her agency was on the task force set up by the minister to develop a response to the working holidaymaker tax proposal.

But she said in a correction to her evidence tabled in parliament the agency was not on the task force.

Rather, it had a role on an inter-departmental committee which provided information to the task force about the agency's responsibilities.

Tourism Australia was also asked to provide information about a possible marketing campaign focused on working holiday makers.

The government originally planned to set the income tax rate at 32.5 per cent but has compromised on a 19 per cent rate.

Labor, the Greens and some cross benchers are arguing for a 10.5 per cent rate, as debate on the bill continues in the Senate on Thursday.

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