UNTRUE: Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has slammed allegations made by the Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin that the backpacker tax will go ahead on July 1.
UNTRUE: Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has slammed allegations made by the Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin that the backpacker tax will go ahead on July 1. Susanna Freymark

Hogan responds to Saffin’s backpacker tax accusations

LABOR candidate for Page Janelle Saffin has accused Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan of lying about the implementation of the controversial backpacker tax.

Ms Saffin alleged the Federal Government will profit $500 million from the tax based on the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

"In this case Mr Hogan has not only failed to stand up for his community, he has deliberately misled people about the future of the backpacker tax which is still scheduled to commence on 1 July 2016," Ms Saffin said.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan hit back at Ms Saffin's claims, emphasising the tax has been held back until January 1 2017.

Mr Hogan recounted the six-month delay of the backpacker tax was a win for the National Party and local producers.

"It's a win for the Nationals, we fought very hard that this tax wouldn't be introduced on July 1," Mr Hogan said.

He also said the alternative proposal to be tabled to the Treasury will not reflect the current backpacker tax of 32.5c for every dollar they earn up to $80,000.

"This tax won't be as it currently is by January 1 because we know it won't work."