If the tourism minister is worried about the wider social, economic and environmental impacts of visitors, he'd be better off banning cruise ships, not backpackers.
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In Ghana, backpackers often don't feel safe. Upgrading technology can solve this problem.
Backpacking has become an important of the travel market.
Backpacking is growing and West African countries such as Ghana need to actively attract them.
The prime minister appears to want to make it easier for backpackers to work on Australian farms.
Making it easier for holidaying backpackers to work on Australian farms will make it harder for Pacific Islanders, and increase exploitation on farms.
Was Barnaby Joyce’s international comparison correct?
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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said backpackers would be better off working in Australia with a 19% tax than in New Zealand, England and Canada. Is that true? And what would a 15% or 10.5% tax mean?
Many Australian farmers rely on backpackers to meet their labour needs at harvest time.
The controversy over changes to the backpacker tax shows the inadequacy of relying on backpackers as the primary labour source for a vital industry.
Australia takes in about half of all working holidaymakers who enter OECD countries.
Unscrupulous employers who exploit migrant labour are posing a large threat to the continued contribution that immigrant workers make to the agricultural industry, a new report reveals.
Backpackers will lose 95% of their superannuation while other workers from overseas retain theirs.
The government's changes to the so called "backpacker tax" will mean these holidaying workers will have less super than other temporary workers in Australia, creating even more inequality.
The proposal to remove the tax threshold for backpackers on working holiday maker visas might deter them.
Changes to the way tourists on the Working Holiday Maker visa are taxed will deter them and may put more pressure on labour shortages.
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