Federal cabinet has backed down on the so-called backpacker tax causing travelers to pay more. The decision came as a new opinion poll showed the Turnbull Government’s popularity is now lower than when Tony Abbott led the party.
Dominic Shumilin reports.
Support for a Coalition government has fallen further….
Something on the minds of Ministers as they returned to Canberra.
Alan Tudge, Human Services Minister: “This is just one news poll, it’s one poll”.
The Newspoll rating, shows support for the Coalition dropping 3% in a primary vote.
Giving Labor… a 2 party preferred lead of 4%.
The numbers however didn’t stop Cabinet from discussing some of the most pressing issues.
Christian Porter, Social Services Minister: “There’s always plenty to do but that’s what we’re here for today with Cabinet”.
The Government’s compromised on the proposed ‘backpacker’ tax.
Instead of a 32.5 per cent tax on backpacker earnings… they’ll be taxed at 19 per cent from their first dollar earned.
But we’ll all be slugged an extra 5 dollars in airport departure tax, to offset any revenue shortfalls.
Simon Birmingham, Education Minister: “All these matters are matters that are important ones to make sure we get the things in place that can fix the budget”.
But the same-sex marriage plebiscite debate is far from fixed.
The Government and Labor positions are still unresolved.
Mark Dreyfus, Shadow Attorney-General: “I asked George Brandis, what is it that you are prepared to change about the plebiscite, we got nothing.”
George Brandis, Attorney-General: “We are open to having a conversation about all aspects of the plebiscite bill.’
Dominic Shumilin – QUT News