No relief for farmers paying thousands on "misdirected" tax to keep workers

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Updated May 23 2024 - 9:29am, first published May 22 2024 - 8:03am
Farm safety issues have been raised with recent around-the-clock shifts at harvest times due to a crippling labour shortage. Picture supplied.
Farm safety issues have been raised with recent around-the-clock shifts at harvest times due to a crippling labour shortage. Picture supplied.

Desperate farm businesses have been left with the galling choice between paying nearly $10,000 in fringe benefits tax to keep a foreign worker in Australia or, if they cannot afford the impost, becoming trapped in a vicious circle of continuously letting trained staff go just to seek their replacements.

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Jason Gregory

National Rural Affairs Writer

National rural affairs writer for ACM's agricultural print and digital publications, covering federal politics, agri-politics and life in the regions. 2023 National Rural Press Club award winner. Send story tips to jason.gregory@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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