Done like a dinner – Turnbull Govt caves on backpacker tax.

The Turnbull government has agreed to set the backpacker tax at 15% after a weekend of wrangling with key Senate crossbenchers.

Scott Morrison summed up the deal when he described a conversation (where he told One Nation leader Pauline Hanson that the rate would be set at 15%) as warm and convivial. “I wished her a merry Christmas, as she did me.” ….. “like a dinner.”

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The government is now facing the reality of negotiating with a semi-hostile cross bench and Scott Morrison is not a happy man.

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