Landry notices two significant steps in the FIFO fight
THERE have been two significant steps forward on the controversial issue of 100% fly-in fly-out workers, according to Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.
A move by Rockhampton LNP members to end 100% FIFO was passed at the State LNP conference over the weekend, while Federal Parliament examined tax benefits for people in remote mine sites on Tuesday night.
Ms Landry said the LNP member's submission called for the State Government to scrap clauses preventing people from applying for jobs in mines near their hometown received "overwhelming support".
"It's plain common sense and it was pleasing to see that the member's views were heard and passed," Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said she was also pleased the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the future development of Northern Australia held hearings with Treasury and Australian Taxation Office officials to examine tax benefits being used by FIFO workers.
"There has been a real concern that 100% FIFO workers are reaping the benefits of Zone Tax Offset rebates and other tax arrangements designed for people who actually live in remote parts of Queensland," Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said these tax perks needed to end for people who didn't live and spend their money in remote Central Queensland.
"We want sustainable local communities and people who choose to live there should benefit from such tax arrangements, not people who 'jet' to work and contribute nothing to the local economy," she said.