Two major industries critical to the economy of Mayo are under threat from a plan by Labor and unions to put new restrictions on working holiday visas.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said tourism and agriculture were important economic drivers in Mayo which relied strongly on backpackers.
“Labor’s plans to ban backpackers working for a second year, and putting more restrictions on work in their first year, threatens these key industries in Mayo,” Ms Downer said.
“Visitors on working holiday visas are important in addressing short-term workforce shortages across many industries, particularly tourism, and they’re absolutely essential for meeting the seasonal labour requirements of agriculture.
“Backpackers also inject more than $3 billion in to the national economy, much of it in regional Australian communities. Many of them come to the Adelaide Hills to pick fruit, or visit Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula for recreation and work on farms and in tourism-related businesses.
“Plans by Labor and the ACTU to abandon the second-year working holiday visa will remove 36,000 backpackers from our economy and threaten entire industries, especially agriculture and tourism.
“Mayo always seems to be under a disproportionate threat from the unions and their Labor puppets. Thousands of older people in our electorate stand to lose out from Labor’s plans to take away their retirement savings, and now Labor is directly attacking two of our major industries.”