Backpackers clean the buildings where you work and shop. They live in your neighbourhood, and your job may have been created by them. They could become your neighbours and co-workers in the long run. Is it then morally justifiable to treat them differently because they cannot vote?
PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney
Sohoon Lee is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her PhD research is on migrant women in South Korea and she has written policy reports for UN Women and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. She is the President of KOWHY, an NGO that supports Korean working holiday makers, and a member of a broader network, United WHY.
Last week, the Federal Tourism Minister announced that he would lead the review on the controversial 'backpacker tax'. From July, the proposed tax rule would consider backpackers as non-resident and tax them 32.5 cents from the first dollar they earn, scrapping their existing $18,200 tax-free threshold. But what will this mean for backpackers?
26/03/2016 6:44 AM AEDT
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