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Backpacker suing King Island dairy farm for $40 million

A British backpacker (pictured bottom) who became a quadriplegic after a quad bike accident on a dairy farm in Tasmania is suing her previous employer for a record $40m in compensation. [...] read more...

T-Plates for tourist drivers?

A petition to enforce tourists to take a driving test and display ‘T-plates’ on their cars could be compulsory if one New Zealand campaigner gets his way. The movement aims to help [...] read more...

Sydney’s biggest illegal backpacker hostel just got fined $100,000

The City of Sydney’s campaign against illegal hostels has just been handed a huge victory, with Downing Centre Local Court handing down a $100,000 fine against a landlord who converted [...] read more...

Is it morally justifiable for the government to …

Is it morally justifiable for the government to – suggest the backpacker tax will earn $540m, but neglect the fact the same number of backpackers need to enter the country? [...] read more...

New Zealand’s latest international visitor statistics – an overview

International visitor arrivals ….. Total visitor arrivals are up 8% compared to the same four-week period last year. UP: China 41%, Korea 28%, Japan 19%, Germany 11%, Singapore 10%, India [...] read more...

Congratulations to the Tour that Rocks – ten years on

The Rock Tour was set up by Rob Cowan and Jo George (pictured) in June 2006 and is very proud to celebrate its 10 year anniversary in a few weeks.  Jo came with [...] read more...

Queensland Parliament calls for abolition of backpacker tax

The Queensland State Parliament is calling on the Federal Government to abolish the backpacker tax before it does more harm to the state’s agricultural and tourism industries. Queensland’s Agriculture Minister [...] read more...

Young Aussies, Pacific Islanders or backpackers, so who is going to pick the fruit?

A national labour-hire company licensing system has been recommended by a parliamentary committee investigating abuses in the Seasonal Worker Program. The Seasonal Worker Program inquiry committee also called for a [...] read more...

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