In the final fortnight of the parliament for the year the government clinched some deals on major pieces of legislation.
The Greens have secure $100 million for Landcare, in exchange for its support on the 15% backpacker tax rate.
The backpacker tax deadlock has been broken with a deal between the government and the Greens for a 15% rate that will be lower in effective terms because backpackers will keep extra superannuation.
David Leyonhjelm negotiated for the numbers in the budget to be reported in per capita terms.
The government has agreed to report some budget numbers on a per capita basis. But there’s a lot more to do in how we talk about numbers.
Senator Jacqui Lambie has clashed with the National Farmers’ Federation in advocating for a backpacker tax of 10.5%.
The use of backpackers in the horticulture industry has long undermined the ability of the industry to grow and plan for the future.
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.
Pauline Hanson put forward the compromise backpacker tax rate of 15%.
The government has made another retreat on its backpacker tax, dropping its proposed rate from 19% to 15% in a deal that will get through the Senate crossbench.
Malcolm Turnbull goes into this final parliamentary week of the year in need of compromises on both the ABCC legislation and the tax rate for backpackers.
Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Tensions between Pauline Hanson and her beleaguered One Nation senator Rod Culleton have been on open display this week, raising the question of whether the party will be able to hold it all together.
Earlier this week, footage aired of George Brandis speculating that Queensland's Liberal National Party might demerge. But Barnaby Joyce says this won't happen.
Josh Frydenberg on Sunday strongly argued for change to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Cabinet on Monday is expected to consider referring the future of the controversial 18C section of the Racial Discrimination Act to a parliamentary inquiry.
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.
Scott Morrison said the backbench committee had been consulted and were happy with the backpacker changes.
The government will impose an increase in the departure tax and claw back more superannuation from holiday makers departing Australia.
Barnaby Joyce recently said a resolution of the backpacker tax issue was imminent.
Federal cabinet on Tuesday is due to consider a compromise on the backpacker tax, as the government moves to clear away the issue as soon as possible.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.
Backpackers have always been treated as non-residents for tax purposes.
Backpackers always were treated as non-residents for tax purposes, that’s why changes aren’t necessary.
There is a view that Malcolm Turnbull mightn’t be ‘one of us’ but is a viable leader.
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