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Australia strikes deal with Greens on taxing foreign workers

AP  |  Canberra 

Australia's conservative has struck a deal with a minor party on a rate that it says will encourage foreign travelers to pick fruit on the nation's farms.

Greens party leader Richard Di Natale said the and his party reached a compromise today on how much vacationers should be taxed on earned picking farm produce next year.

The would not go below a 15 per cent rate for the so-called backpacker while the Greens asked for 13 per cent.

Di Natale says the compromise involves the government agreeing to take less from the travelers' compulsory pension contributions.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce confirmed his government had reached a deal with the Greens. The breakthrough comes on the last day is to sit for the year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 15:03 IST