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New Zealand Shearers and Taxes



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Tim Fischer mp Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

NEW ZEALAND SHEARERS AND TAXES; WORK PERMITS,NO

ACCURATE TAX ARRANGEMENTS, YES

LOWER AUSTRALIAN WOOL TAX, YES

In front of Parliament House today, Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer MP met with Australian shearers demonstrating over the impact of New Zealanders taking jobs in Australia,

Mr Fischer spoke with AWU representatives and others present and received a submission on the impact of New Zealand shearers.

"It is not fair if New Zealand shearers are not meeting all tax requirements on both sides of the Tasman, Mr Fischer said after the meeting.

"Tax arrangements are quite complex, but at the end of the day New Zealand shearers must be required to pay, in actual terms, the income tax arising from their shearing efforts in Australia.

"For many years now there has been no restriction on the movement between Australia and New Zealand, the only requirement being a passport being carried for identification purposes.

"I do not favour work permits or any alteration to this situation and in fact, I support Closer Economic Relations because there are benefits for both Australia and New Zealand.

"However, the down turn in the Australian wool industry, the reduction in sheep numbers and the lower wool production has impacted very heavily on many Australian Shearers.

"In these circumstances, the Federal Government should ensure that all tax requirements are being properly met so far as the instance of New Zealand shearers is concerned and Australian farmers should employ Australian shearers where possible.

Mr Fischer added the Australian Wool Tax for next year should be well below the unfair and unjust 12% Wool Tax level currently applying.

Ends 26 March 1992

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