A perspective on backpackers tax

A recent post on a topical issue: How much tax should backpackers pay?

This analysis is very much based on farm labour and the Seasonal Worker Program rather than hospitality.



Note: “The figures in the graph are from government statistics. Consistent with the data, it is assumed that 90% of those applying for a second-year visa have worked on a farm. Backpackers who have worked on a farm but not applied for a second-year visa are not included in the graph, which therefore underestimates the number of backpackers working on farms.”


Airport data updated

Finally motivated to update the most recent few months of data at the Cairns Airport page.


Also updated there is the BITRE top 20 airports data comparison up to June 2016 which tells a story in itself. The growth in international passengers in FY 2016 appears to have continued with Sydney this week reporting 7.6% growth  for August.

The Cairns Hospital Dichotomy

I posted this just a few short months ago: Cairns Hospital scores for efficiency

Now there is this: Cairns Hospital board resigns in response to questions from Health Minister over $80m deficit

Yes, the efficiency score is now two years old, the most recently available comparative data,  related to the period up to 2013-2014. However, somehow my faith in reliable data over politics is challenged by this situation.



Revisionism at the Cairns Post

I had wanted to move on from a previous virtual persona but have been challenged in the past week by this at the Cairns Post: Former Cairns developer and bank battler backs ombudsman review

I wont go into detail. It should be history and left behind. However it is significant for potentially repeating past mistakes in a future Cairns where collective memory, particularly at the Compost, is rather limited. This was my post at Loose Change in 2011: The rise and demise of CEC


Not a great graph as I acknowledged at the time but best I could do try and represent the rapid expansion of CEC post 2007 and subsequent implosion. The maroon bit is net. Assets in the last years included a material deferred tax assets component which is where the auditor ultimately had an issue. Best for my own mental wellbeing that I don’t rake over these coals. Anyone so inclined can search the ASX database on corporate releases from CEC notable for the serial failure to meet reporting deadlines.

However, surprised that after all these years this link still exists online: CEG – CommSec 2007 Emerging Companies Conference – Mr Roy Lavis, MD

The key comment here comes just after 27 minutes in.

Roy Lavis: “I want to grow this company to a billion dollars very, very quickly”

Yep, It was the banks what done it I tell ya!